If this has been covered already, I apologize. Since the switch to new improved BYC, I have little luck in searching and this site runs painfully slow for me making it that much more difficult. I have been tasked with raising a dove. I didn't expect it to live and yet it seems to be thriving. It eats pet store baby bird feed (Zupreem Embrace) from a turkey baster/glove feeding contraption, is feathering out and can balance on a stick if I put him on it. I don't know what the next step is though. How long do I hand feed and how do I transition to seed? I have wild bird seed mix, and understand that it won't eat the sunflowers (all the more for chickens!) but do I smash some up and mix with the bird food slurry at first? How do I teach it to eat seed from the ground? And when will it's legs and feet work better? Also when do I try to teach it to drink water from a bowl? I currently supplement the bird food with bottled water mixed w/ACV delivered by eye dropper. The picture was taken last Thursday when it came to me before I figured out the feeding thing. There are more feathers now and finally an alert, intelligent look in it's eyes.