Animal Stories - Mourning Dove

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   The Mourning Dove, also known as the Carolina Dove, is the most abundant dove in the United States!
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Tina Cooke - 2014-04-03
Last night we found a small mourning dove, she seems to have no balance, her wings seem fine and she will wrap her feet around our finger. Not sure of age, but she does not seem to have tail feathers. Right now she is eating wild bird seed and will drink water, will she eat bananas? Or dried cranberries? That is all i have right now, will go to pet store and see about some grit and maybe a better feed for her. I also have some lettuce, would that be ok for her?   any help would be greatly appreciated!   thank you tina cooke, conway. Sc

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-04-12
    I don't think bananas are in their usual diet, but it probably won't hurt to try. Dried cranberries probably won't hurt either. Lettuce should be fine. Definitely get a good quality seed mix and grit. Good luck!
  • Connie - 2014-08-25
    I have a female mourning dove in my yard seems to be off balance as well did you find out what was wrong with the one you found? Connie ny
Anonymous - 2013-05-31
I found a mourning Dove about 5 days ago and it's wing was hurt i think it was shot by a bb gun. I brought him in my house a lil high strung and calm at the same time beautiful it is indeed. Sad to see people purposely hurting animals.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-31
    So nice that you are able to help the little thing:)
Courtney Hennes - 2011-12-31
I have a morning dove that was found outside it was a baby hatched on my roof but it was a fledgling. I noticed but still picked it up I am 12 years old but know more about animals than most people and successfully raised the baby. And yes I tried to put it back but the mother flew away the baby now has all its spots flies and eats well but how do I tell its gender. Please help I want to breed it

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-31
    That is sure one of the most difficult to determine the sex. The only accurate way is through DNA sexing. You can send for a DNA sexing kit in an ad from the back of Bird Talk Magazine. I believe it is $25.00. You have to ckip a toenail a little too short or pull a feather. No, they don't really like it but it is fast and then you can hold it. Another choice is get 3 more and see who pairs. Then you know whether to get more boys or gals.... I am being funny but it's an idea.
Mary A Hanson - 2012-06-07
HELP the neighbors just brought me a baby mouring dove, the mother kept shoving it out of the nest and then took off with it's siblings and left this, one on the ground. What do I feed this baby? It has all it's feathers and tried to fly out of the box, we have too many feral cats to just leave fend for it's self. Where would I get mealworms, it's 8pm what can I do tonight?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-07
    Don't get upset - it will be OK.  You can use a spoon and just give him a few drops of water.  Just sorta lay a couple of drops of water onto his tongue.  For tonight, you can feed him any kind of cereal - oatmeal, creme of rice etc with a spoon. Even mashed up soup. He is little and sure not going to eat more than a tablespoon full a couple of times.  You don't need worms. Just lay the slightly warm cereal (or food) on his tongue using a spoon.  If you have to open his beak with your hand to do this - that is OK.  He might sorta like a baby spit it back up till he figures out how to swallow but it will get you through the night.  He is not going to starve in one day.  Tomorrow you can get baby formula and bird see for doves - or use cockatiel mix.  You can feed him the baby formula and you can use baby food or mashed up sweet potatoes.  You can then look for a rehab facility or take it to Animal Control.  You can put him on a towel in the shower or bathroom for the evening. 
  • Mary A Hanson - 2012-06-07
    What kind of baby food, vegetables, fruits ,rice cereal?
Diego - 2012-03-03
Hi! I'm Diego, from Argentina. I've recently found a doves pigeon half buried in mud after a storm. To my surprise it was alive and healthy! I brought it home and I've been trying to feed it. During the first week I fed it on a cereal mix for babies which I bought in the supermarket guessing it was about one week old (I searched for pics on the web). I just put the mix with water into a syringe and fed it directly into its mouth. Then I added some seed mix for birds to the diet, but now feeding him (or her) is getting difficult, for it doesn't want to be fed directly and tries to help itself. The problem is that after several attempts it doesn't really get to eat much and I see It is not eating at least the half it used to. I'm worried because I don't know how to do it right and I really want it to get rid from my help as soon as it will be able to. Thanks a lot and sorry for my English.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-03
    Birds when they start to wean (start to eat a little on their own) get a little independent. Let them eat as much as they can on their own but have them go to bed with a full belly. So just start to feed him right before he or you goes to bed. If you think he is eating enough - just do that. Otherwise just give him a little bit with the syringe during the day and then feed him mostly at night.
teri - 2012-09-14
I have raised a mourning dove since it was only a few days old. It now is grown and eats seed really well. I have found that it likes cantalope is this normal?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-14
    Yes, it is normal.
alisa redstone - 2010-12-22
Ok at lunch I found this mourning dove and it wasn't really able to fly and it was lopsided. I have no idea what's wrong with it so I'm trying to google things to help it. I caught it and it is now in a small cage. I need suggestions on how to help it so it can be released and have a chance to live. Anything would help.

Maissey - 2012-05-31
I was walking around and found a fledgling Mourning Dove that couldn't fly too well yet. It ran away when I tried to catch it, but I caught it eventually and put it in a small rabbit cage. The nest was too high up for it to fly back to ( it tried and just smacked against the side of the building, so I took it home. I have mealworms already, but I really just want to know when I can release it again. It looks ready to leave the nest but can only fly 20-25 feet up before it falls and it doesn't know how to catch onto a ledge yet.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-31
    It isn't cold anymore in most places so you can place the rabbit cage on the porch (a safe place) maybe in a week or so. Then leave the door open to the rabbit cage and continue feeding the little guy. Let the dove decide when it is time to go. Don't be surprised if he leaves and comes back in a hour. Might take him some time to find the flock.
Jessy Pribble - 2011-08-22
Hi , I found a dove in the middle of the road flapping it's wing. I picked it up and have it in a cage hoping I can help it get back to flying again.
This is the third day and it walks real well. It trys to fly but isn't doing so well. Does anyone know if the wing will heal on its on? It seems to be ok ,not broken. I just don't want to leave it out for other animals to kill.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-22
    The dove could have badly sprained its wing in which case it should be OK. I wouldn't let it attmept to fly around a lot. I don't know if you have any idea how to rap the wing to immoblize it - but we canget to that. Does the one wing feel like the other wing when you stroke it from shoulder to wing tip along the bone? Both on the top and bottom. Bust guess? How is the dove holding its wing - just hanging down and out or out or is it folded into the body?
    Feed it and water and you might have a pet that can't go backout. It may heal. Tell me more about how the wing is reacting, being held. No bone showing - correct?
Pat G - 2008-03-07
We found Ginger 3 years ago with a broken wing from a bullet. My son and I brought her to many places around town and none would treat her. They all told us to euthanize her. When I explained the word to my son he was devastated. The look on his face broke my heart, so I told him I would call our vet. This wonderful man cleaned and taped her wing down to heal, and sent us on our way with antibiotics and a return appointment for the following week. When we arrived, he had a look of pure amazement on his face! It seems that he had given Ginger less than a 20% chance of surviving that week. Not only had she survived, but she was "a whole new bird". She wasn't expected to be able to fly again. She can for short distances. We communicate with each other with coos, bell ringing (you should see her go), and a few other sounds she makes (I can't describe). At times she will stand at the door of her cage face to face with me and we'll make noises back and forth and have a real conversation! I am glad I invested the time and money in healing this beautiful bird. I thank God for our talented vet and our discussion about all God's creatures deserving a chance!

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  • kim - 2010-12-15
    It is worth it-I had my mourning dove 13 years. She had few feathers as a baby and was about to be the neighbors cats breakfest. She was always the sweetest thing.