Originally Posted by lionroar0
I hope this the right forum. I have this dove for about 2 months. I started noticing that he's now making this rough sound. I'm not sure if this is normal or something that I should take him to see a vet for? I'm at St. Petersburg Florida,United Stated of America.
He doesn't seem to be losing weight and seems to be eating normally.
The thing is , wild doves are protected under the migratory bird act, so it is illegal to keep one as a pet, if you are going to release it, as you should, it has to be done properly by a licensed wildlife rehabber. You need to find one and relinquish it to them, a vet is instructed to euthanize un-releasable wild birds, unless they can be used in an education program... I know pretty severe and I don’t agree with it , but that’s the law.
I have seen releases done as a soft release if you have a bird feeder and they can be fed outdoors, and then they can join a flock or find another dove to hang with, their wild instincts come back pretty quick even if hand raised.
For domestics this is not the case, but pigeons can go feral pretty quickly depending on the bird, fancy breeds of pigeons would not survive long, so our domestic birds are different if it was hand raised.