Help two doves not eating

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  1. ladybug4ut1

    ladybug4ut1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 2 ringneck doves that will ot fly or do anything. I have had one in a cage and she will not eat or drink....do not know what to do with them....the other one is in the avairy and is just sitting on the ground...

    Please help me.....i do not want to lose them
     
  2. PQ

    PQ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old? Have you separated them lately? Are the feathers fluffed? What color are droppings? Have they been in a pen together?
     
  3. ladybug4ut1

    ladybug4ut1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:i am not sure how old they are and yes they have been in the same pen i have had one in a cage in the house and it is really weak ..trying to feed it baby formula now....other one is still in pen and yes feathers were ruffled they asre mt first ones
     
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    PQ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Appearing fluffed up or droopy, having watery green droppings are some common signs of illness.

    The Salmonella genus that can affect doves. using sulpha drugs with the manufacturers dosage regimens for upto 2 weeks or more in feed /water can help provision of clean water is a priority ,also left out food should be discarded as it potentiates fungal growth and aspergillosis and toxins accumulation in birds and injurious to liver and/kidneys

    a dove that looks and acts sick, first thing to do is isolate it and put it under a heat source -40 w bulb. Heat is vital for a sick dove.also supplementation with brewers yeast or /vitamin B complex along with vitamin A and E with trace mineral s helps in correcting defeciency disorders .
    If it is not eating, feed it hand-feeding formula

    Most doves are seedeaters.. Seedeaters can be fed finch mix, cockatiel mix, wild bird seed, and semisoft dog food and a tablespoon is put on the seed daily 1 teaspoon for less than four doves, As a special treat, doves like leafy vegetables, broccoli, cut up apples/grapes/strawberries, mashed hard boiled eggs, and mealworms occasionally. Fresh water and grit should always be provided. calcium should be provided along a s a supplemental dose /calcium sandoz tableds pulverised and added to feed /seed

    Most doves will soon eat vegetables and fruit with zeal and enthusiasmand

    take it to an nearest avian veterinarian if its still lethargic for blood profile and other oocysts/internal parasites.
    You can check for mites by lifting feathers and dust them if you find any. I use ivermec on mine it works external & internal along with DE in the feed.
    I hope this helps.
    When trying to find info I dont know I an across this...
    Loss of a Mate:



    I have seen more than one dove grieving the loss of a mate. One such male dove pulled out all of his feathers, except for his head where he could not reach. He looked like a naked chicken ready to roast. I had to make sock outfits to keep him warm until his feathers grew back. It was not until I found a new companion that was to his liking that he stopped pulling out his feathers, began normal preening to impress the new female and regrew his entire covering of feathers.

    Another male stopped eating when his mate died and had to be forced to eat by hand feeding baby bird slurry until a replacement could be found. He just sat in one spot on the perch, fluffed up and depressed refusing to eat, preen or function at all. I found it helpful to hold and pet him for several hours each day after his mate died. He would sleep wrapped in a towel where he could be with me. It seemed to help until his new mate arrived. A dove can die in just a few days by refusing to eat or drink, so it is important to intervene if you have a dove that is depressed or not eating.
     
  5. Mary Of Exeter

    Mary Of Exeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do their droppings look? Loss of appetite and 'going light' are typical signs of any disease, as well as fluffing up and increased sleeping/standing still.
     
  6. ladybug4ut1

    ladybug4ut1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok thanks I will get a warmth for it i feed it some hand formula and willtry to feed it more a little later.....it sems a little more alive since i got some food down it throat....do i need to force wter too or just let it get it as it gets stronger....



    I will get the other one too...I do not see any mites on it should i go ahead an ivormect or wait til it is stronger.....how often should i feed formula
     
  7. ladybug4ut1

    ladybug4ut1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sort of normal looking no runny
     
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    Mary Of Exeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So no green, yellow, or watery stuff? If not, that's good. My first assumption was coccidiosis. If the mouth, throat, eyes, and nose look clear. If there's any kind of discharge or if the eyes and cere look watery, then it'd be respiratory. Diarrhea is common with that though.
     
  9. ladybug4ut1

    ladybug4ut1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it has no discharge from any where......that is what is so frustrating except for no eating or drinking they look normal and of course the one is now super thin and the other one just started it
     
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    Pour on ivermec will not hurt at this point. I use a eye dropper and put a drop on each shoulder on skin under neck area.
    As for feeding feel the crop of each brird this will give you a idea of how much and when, if they are eating very little you'll want to feed more offen.
    A little water is fine, you'll find it easier to give the the water but make sure they have food in them even if a little. Using sulpha drugs in water at this point will also help if it is Salmonella.
     

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