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Posted 2nd June 2007, 11:08 AM
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Sorry, got detained. It'd be nice if the baby can be kept with the parents so that they'll continue to feed it. Birds don't reject their children if handled by people--that's a myth. Is there any way that would work?

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Posted 2nd June 2007, 11:12 AM
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Yes, I think it's possible. The baby is in a flower garden in my front yard. Just a few short minutes ago both parents came over and fed him. How long should I leave the hobbler on?
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Posted 2nd June 2007, 11:14 AM
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However, you certainly won't be able to leave that stuff on if he's going to be flying up into trees and whatnot. So, if he's at that point where he's going to be leaving the nest too soon and yet treatment will have to continue, then it's probably a matter of needing to teach him to eat solid food on his own and keeping it there for him in a bowl in a box. If he's too small and needs to be fed with formula then you can probably find a baby bird formula powder at a local pet store. Do y'all live in a big town?

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Posted 2nd June 2007, 11:15 AM
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Well, unfortunately, it might be required for up to two weeks or so. Can you take a ruler and measure how long he is from tail tip to beak? Doves can fly at an earlier age than pigeons--they don't need their primary flight feathers to be anywhere near full length.

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Posted 2nd June 2007, 11:26 AM
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He is about 14 cm long. This is an approximate, however because he got away from me.
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Posted 2nd June 2007, 11:35 AM
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Oh, well, that would mean that the treatment scenario that would have the best chance at success would be containment in a cage or box with food and water in bowls in a corner and the tape-and-foam deal for a couple of weeks. It's easier to fix that when caught early on but that doesn't really apply here. It does need to be fixed, though, as it will be a real problem in the wild.

So, wanna' capture the little feller and give it a try?

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Posted 2nd June 2007, 11:41 AM
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Yes, I think that is what will have to be. We are nervous though, because the parents are still feeding him, and we have never done anything like this before. Oh well - time to try something new I guess.

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Posted 2nd June 2007, 11:45 AM
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Well, there are plenty of folks on here that have done a lot with doves. I usually take them to a dove specialist that I know who's always giving me pigeons for the same reason. Anyhow, they tend to jump when startled and so at least one person on here lines the top of the cage or box with foam for the inevitable crashes. Some have made very good friends with their doves and they've turned into adorable pets.

It will probably pick up eating solid food more easily than you'd think. You might try pecking in the bowl with your finger but he's not too likely to trust you much. You might get wingflipped or bit, even. Doves have, by and large, more "attitude" than pigeons by a long shot. They have to, given their size.

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Posted 2nd June 2007, 11:46 AM
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The original nest was in our garage. Well the parents keep coming back in our garage every time the door is open. Could we keep him there and they may feed him, or would he just flop around too much. I don't know if they are looking for their babies or are they going for round 2?

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Posted 2nd June 2007, 11:51 AM
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At six inches long, he'll be flying too soon, maybe even within the next couple of days. Where, basically, are you, anyhow?

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He just came out of the nest 3 days ago. We live in Flushing, Michigan. Is that what you were referring to?

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I read online somewhere that doves can have fleas and lice, is this true? If so should we then keep him in a cage in our garage?

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Well, they can have, but they're not the kind that seem to affect us. If that were the case, I'd have 'em crawling all over me and that doesn't seem to be the case.

Do you have a Petco, PetSmart or something like that there? You might try using a dove mix for food first and only resort to formula if you absolutely have to. I don't think it's going to be a problem.

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OK:0)
We are off to get this thing started. Thank you so much for all the great advice and encouragement. Sorry to have taken up so much of your time.

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Posted 2nd June 2007, 12:21 PM
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Not to worry, I've been hopping all over the house. Lin's been gone visiting her folks (they're 80) for the last week and a half. Naturally, I've been partying sumptin' fierce, pizza boxes and socks all over everything, and today's the day to start getting things back in order before I pay with my life. So, I just check in every few minutes.

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