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I made a post on here not long ago about a foundling laughing dove she has since began laying however it seems a bit traumatic.
She gets very runny green sometimes lime green poo and regurgitates whole seed. We have seen a vet and they gave us some anti inflammatory medication and some calcium. however in just over a month she has laid now twice. Her little body cant keep up. We have tried removing nests but she makes her own. We try not touching her too much but it seems to make no difference. were waiting on some fake eggs but they haven't arrived yet.

Any advice on managing this long term such as diet or supplements would be great.

just to add we have tried to let her sit on the eggs but they break
 

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would you have any recommendations on a diet? she's mainly on a seed diet but were trying to introduce her to more as we go on.
All the birds that I feed are ferals, except the formerly feral one that lives with me because she can't fly, and she gets the same seeds and veggies as the outdoor birds, and also some fruit, avian/bird probiotics, and at least weekly hard-boiled egg to provide vitamin D. Egg-shell as grit is always available to her, and she eats a few bits every day or two (always after seeds, for some reason.) She also has either lemon juice, or raw apple cider vinegar added to her drinking water at least a couple times per week, and occasional herbs (oregano, thyme, etc) in drinking water or bath water.

The seeds are the bulk of the food, and a mix of many different types (all raw/dry), along with a few veggies (garlic and ginger as preventives for disease, and carrot or bell pepper for vitamin A) to cover all the nutritional requirements for the outdoor birds (who don't need additional vitamin D or calcium) and to provide naturally antimicrobial foods to prevent illness.

The seed mix changes over time due to local availability of different seeds. The types of seeds are: peas, lentils (several types), sunflower kernels (out-of-the-shell), safflower, oats (hulled, and rolled), wheat (bulgur), barley (pearled), sesame seeds (with and without hulls), chili pepper seeds and flakes, mung beans, urad dal, chickpeas, roasted-but-not-salted peanuts (occasionally), buckwheat (hulled), rosemary, cumin, black peppercorns, fennel, flax, hemp, coriander, anise, cloves, basil, mustard, fenugreek, cardamom, pumpkin, rice, celery, spelt, rye, teff, millet, milo, quinoa, chia, canary, and so on.

I also add powdered turmeric (near daily, to prevent canker), cayenne or paprika (near daily, as a safe vitamin A supplement for the outdoor birds), and cinnamon (to prevent canker among other illnesses, weekly), either by sprinkling and pressing into bread which is then chopped into small pieces, or coated onto the seeds with olive oil.
 

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Supply her with a high calcium grit. She will also need liquid calcium with added Vit D3 to be added to her drinking water on a regular basis.
This was such great advise we found a great grit with high calcium that's dissolvable and digestible and we've not had a problem since! we keep a liquid Calcium and vit D on stand buy just in case.
 
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