So to start things off, I've had a pair of Ringneck Doves that I'd purchased earlier in the year. They came with two fertile eggs (already laid!) and one successfully hatched. Since then they've hatched and raised two other chicks at different times. Currently they've hatched their fourth chick, and the hen has already laid a new egg, even though their previous/current chick hasn't been fully weaned. The parents refuse to feed the baby, and what's worse, it has a splayed leg. I tried a few different methods to fix the leg in the beginning, and nothing has worked. It's now just two days shy of 3 weeks old. I had to give the poor thing a bath in warm water to soften all of the dried feces on its legs, feet, underside and beak. I've read that I can force-feed the baby frozen-thawed peas (thawed in warm water) which I have already done and will continue to do, but I'm not sure when to stop? How many peas should I be feeding this baby? I'll try other foods too, but for now, peas are the only thing I can get into its mouth. As for the leg, I'm swaddling the bird in a tight paper-towel burrito. Tight enough to keep that leg where it should be, but not enough to cause discomfort. I'm hoping I can keep this up diligently enough to maybe see some improvement. I'm hesitant to put the baby back with its parents for a number of reasons. Firstly, no matter how often I clean their cage, poop will always be on the ground and since the baby can't perch, it'll just crawl right through it. The parents have begun laying their new set of eggs, and they refuse to pay any attention to the baby. I've seen the father peck at the baby a few times, and I'm not willing to let that progress. So for now, the baby hangs around me until bed time, where I have a separate cage I can place it in. Any advice? Also, every clutch of eggs my doves have laid have been fertile, but one (or both) die right before hatching. Opening the eggs reveals that every time, the babies inside were 'shrink-wrapped' and unable to break out. So it must be a matter of humidity... or lack thereof, right? What can I do to help with this? As a side note, I HAVE tried to stop my birds from laying. The only thing I haven't done is separate the male and female, and I don't want to do that. It's cruel to them, and with how noisy the male already is, I can imagine he'd be insufferable without his hen. Taking out the nest or nesting materials doesn't work, the hen will happily plop an egg on the hard floor. Removing the eggs just has her laying more. So as far as I'm concerned, as long as she's happy and healthy (and I have a place to bring the extra babies once they're older, which I do) she can continue to lay her eggs and raise her chicks.