Injured dove - when can I release it?

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by believer01, Jan 15, 2011.

  1. believer01

    believer01 Chillin' With My Peeps

    281
    0
    109
    Dec 19, 2010
    More questions on the dove I found injured Thurs at sundown, please. I found 2 rehabbers, but they're hours away and right now we can't even get across the bridge to get out of our valley till there's more sun/warmth. They agree that I'm doing the right things for her but wouldn't/couldn't tell me when it might be safe to release her if I can't get her to them. So here's the details. Any help is appreciated! I don't want to cause the little thing more grief, but don't want to put her out too soon either.

    Closing up my chicken coop Thur at sundown I saw her inside the chain link fence trying to get out. She must have been flying into the fence for some time as there is a silver dollar size wound on her breast, right around the crop area. No feathers, no skin. It was dripping blood as I carried her inside. She's since been in a plastic animal carrier with a low dish of water, hulled sunflower seed and chicken pellets. I sprayed the wound with colloidal silver right away and put a comfrey ointment on yesterday at sunup. There was just a small drop of blood on the white towel then.

    But she flapped around inside the carrier something awful once I let her go so that I'm hesitant to peek in and see how she's doing now, or try to add seeds, water.

    Our forecast is highs in 40's/20's for the next couple days, with rain possible Mon/Tue. One rehabber said its not safe to let her out till there's down covering the wound. Another felt she'd need to be in an outside aviary for awhile. Any idea how long till the feathers or down come in? If it's a couple days it seems like it would be easier on her to keep her here, then release her where she knows the other birds and the area, rather than try to drive her 3 hours away.

    If it's weeks, then the drive is probably better than living in my half bath in a carrier.

    Thanks for any advice, folks!!!
     
  2. larrylofts

    larrylofts Chillin' With My Peeps

    322
    19
    131
    Jan 15, 2010
    LOTT TX
    What Kind Of Dove Is It? Do You Know For Sure It Is A Wild Dove ? It Maybe A Dove That Got Loose And Was Looking For A Safe Place Like Its Old Home. Injury Could Be From A Attack Or Flying In To Something . What Color Is It .if It Is A Wild Dove A Week Of Recovery Should Be Enough.
     
  3. believer01

    believer01 Chillin' With My Peeps

    281
    0
    109
    Dec 19, 2010
    Morning Larry - sorry it took me so long to get back to you but yesterday was the first day we could get out and I gad so many errands to do.

    We live way out in the country and there are large numbers of morning doves around. Neighbors are farmers and not interested in pets so I"m pretty certain she's wild. I have no experience with small birds so I can't say for sure that the injury is not from an attack, but it seems to be just skin deep, like something just rubbed skin and feathers off.

    Should I take the carrier outside during the height of the sun/warmth or keep her in the small bath and just uncover the carrier during daylight?

    Thanks so much
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by