What to feed new hatched mourning doves?

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by stephanie1992, Mar 28, 2012.

  1. stephanie1992

    stephanie1992 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I rescued two dove eggs from a abandon nest and incubated them. They are hatching now but ive been reading and havent found out what to feed them. I have Kaytee Exact hand feeding formula for all baby birds. Can they eat that? I know how to feed baby birds as ive raised baby birds before. But the only doves ive ever raised were 2 weeks old. Ive always fed this to my birds.
     
  2. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

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    Yes I believe Kaytee Exact will be perfect
    Goodluck
    Mark
     
  3. gunnarwordon

    gunnarwordon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Kaytee exact is okaay............. do you have pictures of them yet?
     
  4. stephanie1992

    stephanie1992 Chillin' With My Peeps

    heres a pic of the one that hatched. the other one died when it came out of the egg

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  5. AnimalCrazed

    AnimalCrazed Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Those are my favorite birds! How lucky you are!!
    Good luck!!
     
  6. gunnarwordon

    gunnarwordon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    awww! how adorable!
     
  7. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Yes use the and feeding formula. I've not fed ones that young, but I normally take a eye dropper black rubber top, or a baby nipple, cut a hole in the rounded end and insert a full syringe into it. The baby can fit its beal into the rubber top or nipple like it does it's moms mouth. Slowly push the plunger of syringe. Formula has to be a little more watery then pancake batter
     
  8. stephanie1992

    stephanie1992 Chillin' With My Peeps

    i bought baby bird syringes made for feeding birds like this. ive fed it 3 times so far. it willingly eats the food. i give it very little at a time for now every 3 hours
     
  9. punk-a-doodle

    punk-a-doodle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, kaytee works fine, but you can make one of the "Mac milk" recipes or similar for the first few days to try to make up for the missed crop milk pigeons feed. Make sure you are feeding food that is the correct temperature so as not to chill the bird or burn the crop. Good luck, and if all goes well, you'll have quite the tame little dove on your hands. :)
     
  10. stephanie1992

    stephanie1992 Chillin' With My Peeps

    its doing good so far. it made it through the night. it chirps when its hungry and eats then moves its head when it dont want anymore. it sleeps alot. and is pooping fine. Hopfully this little one makes it
     

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