Hello, someone contacted me a few days ago and asked if I would house a baby dove that had been blown out of its nest during a storm. I've had chickens for years and have always been pretty good at nursing sick ones back to health (partially due to BYC) and figured I would take on the challenge. The baby hatched six days ago, and has been on my screened in porch under a heat lamp. I have been feeding it a Kaytee Exact Parrot Food formula every time the crop empties. The past couple of days, I have noticed the crop being slower to empty than normal so I read that it could have slow crop. I have been mixing applesauce in its diet and its been helping. I moved the baby inside, still under a heat lamp, so the temperature would be more constant. So I have just a couple questions that I couldn't find anywhere else online, so I was hoping the BYC community could help me out a bit! 1) How long should it be fed the Kaytee Exact formula and when should I introduce seed (and what kind of seed?) to its diet? 2) How often should I give it water? I haven't been worrying about the water much the first few days I had him, since the formula was so watery but now that it is getting thicker, I don't want to dehydrate him. 3) The applesauce has been helping, but the crop still isn't emptying as fast as it was the first few days. How often should I give him the applesauce? 4) If there are any other tips or advice any of the experienced dove/pigeon owners could give me, I would appreciate it. Thanks so much! I have attached a picture of the little guy. Although they are closed in the picture, its eyes are starting to peek open and feathers are starting to come in on the wings.