Help! My dog got a dove, what do I do????

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by yearofthedog, Aug 6, 2007.

  1. yearofthedog

    yearofthedog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My dog just got a dove that was in the backyard! It's alive and can stand up and all, no flesh wounds, just a bunch of pulled out feathers and a couple of bald spots that's are little bloody! I've cleaned her/him up and put some antibacterical on the bald spots and gave it some water with a syringe. I've got it in a box, nice and quiet and dark, but what do I do next?

    Doves are the sweetest little birds, I'd hate for it to not survive! Any advice would be appreciated!

    Thanks!
    Cindy
     
  2. cookinmom

    cookinmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's probably about it. Keep it where it can get out and fly off when it's ready.
     
  3. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    Doves are tough. You can feed it a regular parakeet seed blend and water.
    A touch of sugar in the water shouldn't hurt it.

    If there are no serious internal injuries it is most likely in shock and should
    come out of it in a day or so.

    You can also contact a local Audibon Society for help.
     
  4. MayberrySaint

    MayberrySaint Chillin' Out

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    I hear filet of dove is rather tasty...[​IMG]
     
  5. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Quote:You are soooooooo bad!
     
  6. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a pair of doves that get inside my chicken run about every 2 weeks. My dad called me this evening and said a dove is in the run and can't find it's way out. I said don't worry I be home in a little bit to help her out. She is getting to where she doesn't panic when I go in to much. She then settles down for me to pick her up. Then she sits on my hand for a minute or two before she flies off. They are really pretty birds. I wanted to take a picture of her tonight but it was already 9pm and to dark to get a good picture. Maybe next time around I can. I would just watch her for a day then let her go if she seems ok. Good Luck
     
  7. Bubba

    Bubba Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you know which feathers were taken out? If they were flight feathers it could take months for them to grow out. If you must keep it, I suggest getting a couple more doves. They love company and who knows maybe youll have chickens and doves from now on! Just hope you don't catch wild parrots or love birds (I caught a wild lovebird when I was working on General Hosp {The Soap Opera}) that turned into its own obsession...

    Mayberry have you tried Dove stew? Its great!

    Bubba
     
  8. yearofthedog

    yearofthedog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, she/he made it through the night and is much more energetic this morning. I gave it more water(with some sugar, thanks Purplechicken, great idea!) and will leave some seeds out. It's definitely not ready to fly(it couldn't fly in the first place, that's how my goofy dog got her/him) some of the flight feathers were pulled out and most of the ones on her bum.

    I may call our local bird sanctuary to see if they will take her or give it to my mom to rehabilitate, either way I think she will make it [​IMG]

    Thanks everyone for the advice and good wishes!

    BTW, mayberrysaint, very funny...I've been boycotting poultry since I've been keeping chickens and eating a bird smaller than a chicken even worse... [​IMG]
     
  9. MayberrySaint

    MayberrySaint Chillin' Out

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    I don't think a dove would be much of a meal...maybe a amuse bouche (fancy word I learned by watching Top Chef...:)

    BTW...my chicken consumption has also stopped since I got my pullets.
     

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