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I rescued a mourning Dove from the cat. Noticed a problem. Need help

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Jennyhaschicks, Sep 23, 2010.

  1. Jennyhaschicks

    Jennyhaschicks Songster

    May 3, 2008
    The Dove is not and adult yet. Not a young one either. The neighbor's cat was after her and I rescued her out of the street. When I brought her in the house I looked her over and noticed an ingrown feather on her neck. It was infected. I took the tweezers and pulled it out gently. Then I noticed something else was sticking out. It was a seed. When I pulled on the seed it opened up a hole where her crop is evidently. I flushed it out with warm water and more seeds came out. So now I have a young Dove with a hole in her crop. I would like to help her out. Will her crop heal on it's own? What should I do.
    Yes I know she is a wild bird but I was expecting to have to keep her and repair her for the time being.
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2010

  2. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

    Mar 8, 2008
    Eaton, Colorado
    Bless you [​IMG] I'm afraid I can't help you. but I'm sure someone here can. [​IMG]
  3. ssbs

    ssbs Songster

    Jun 7, 2010
    Doves are very fragile, so don't feel that you messed up if she doesn't make it.

    But go look at the crop surgery thread, that will tell you what to do.
  4. Jennyhaschicks

    Jennyhaschicks Songster

    May 3, 2008
    Quote:Thank you. The poor little thing is so sweet.
  5. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    You'll probably have to stitch up the hole in the crop if the dove is going to survive. I don't think they close on their own because the process of eating keeps expanding the crop and the hole won't seal. There are some very good threads on here that describe the process in detail. Good luck. [​IMG] Whatever the outcome, thanks for being willing to try.
  6. Jennyhaschicks

    Jennyhaschicks Songster

    May 3, 2008
    Quote:I try to do what is right. Wowee, I have never stitched anything up ever. That will be all new to me. I figured I would have to close her crop up somehow.
  7. Kasia

    Kasia Songster

    Apr 9, 2007
    New Orleans
    You can also use a dab of superglue to close the hole up. I always keep superglue in my avian first aid kit since you never know what the next rescue will bring. But superglue is excellent at mending skin.

  8. Jennyhaschicks

    Jennyhaschicks Songster

    May 3, 2008
    Hmm, maybe I will try that. It is quite gaping and it intimidates me...

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