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my boyfriend found an 8 day old dove that we have hand raised and it is now 40 days old, eating and drinking on its own and flying well.

we released him yesterday, made a flower pot home for him up high under the veranda. he flew away for about 5 hours and returned at night where we put him back in his pot for the night. he seemed extremely hungry and thirsty when he returned. (we have left plenty of seeds and water out, even throwing heaps onto the grass so he can forage for them)

this arvo he flew down to my boyfriend when he got out of the car and again was extremely hungry and thirsty and a little distressed.

so my question is: will he eventually learn to find food on his own? and we have never seen other doves in the area but my boyfriend lives in an extremely bushy area and assume they are around. does he have a good chance of surviving?should we be showing him where food is?? any advice would be amazing, we are quite worried for him, thanks!!
 

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I know you were just trying to be helpful but your basically sending this pigeon to its death by just releasing it into the wild after you raised it from less than a week old. It can obviously spot seeds if you throw them right in front of its face but it doesnt know how to forage for food, find water, avoid predators etc the way a wild pigeon can.. PLUS just one pigeon without a flock basically has no chance out in the wild on its own. They rely on safey in numbers. You really should never have set it free. You need to find him a home with other pigeons in a loft or with someone who takes the times to slowly integrate them into a wild flock ( honestly at this point after all the work you put in wouldnt you just want to find him a home with a pigeon loft where he can be safe? I would try to catch him right away and bring him back to safety....or its only a matter of time until you find a heap of feathers outside your place with the bird you worked so hard to raise inside the belly of some predator. His chances of surviving on his own in the wild are basically ZERO.
 

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I'm curious to know if it's actually a dove or a pigeon ..... my guess is if it's a dove ,it's probably a spotted turtle dove also known as a ( laced neck dove ) ... can you upload a picture ?

Usually there are a few steps to go thru before releasing...best known as a soft release , where the bird is slowly re introduced back into an area or flock , but unless you knew this...you probably thought you were doing the right thing .

Hand raising from 8 days old and then being released would have been a bit of a shock and if you have noisy miner birds in your area , they gang up in numbers and will kill turtle doves .... one of this countries most revolting birds if you ask me !.....depending where you are falcons tend to seek them out too and they don't usually miss when they strike , so lucky to still be around .

My advice would be to try and find a rehabber in you area , remember they are an introduced species and are considered invasive , so if you choose that option make sure you know who is going to take it on ....in the Northern Territory they are euthanized upon receipt .
 

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my boyfriend found an 8 day old dove that we have hand raised and it is now 40 days old, eating and drinking on its own and flying well.

we released him yesterday, made a flower pot home for him up high under the veranda. he flew away for about 5 hours and returned at night where we put him back in his pot for the night. he seemed extremely hungry and thirsty when he returned. (we have left plenty of seeds and water out, even throwing heaps onto the grass so he can forage for them)

this arvo he flew down to my boyfriend when he got out of the car and again was extremely hungry and thirsty and a little distressed.

so my question is: will he eventually learn to find food on his own? and we have never seen other doves in the area but my boyfriend lives in an extremely bushy area and assume they are around. does he have a good chance of surviving?should we be showing him where food is?? any advice would be amazing, we are quite worried for him, thanks!!
sounds like your doing a slow realease which is fine, you can give him handouts untill he is mature enough to find a mate and he will forage with her or him and learn, they still may visit your feeder. but it is ok to support him till he goes his way..just like a kid in college..lol..
 

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Hi Haleypaige55,
Many thanx for saving and raising that little fella.
Welcome to PigeonTalk.

Since you've raised the dove and s/he is been away from his kind from the beginning,he can't be released back to wild at once. At 40 days of age he is actually not ready for nature as nature didn't teach him anything in nature's own ways. But as you say you released him and he came back for food/water, is very sign that hes intelligent and can be released back into wild.
For that we must id him first. There is a method called soft release. Read google about it. By this method you can train him to desocialise with humans and socialise with his own kind. If you see same species of birds thriving in your locality then yes s/he can be made wild again.
And for me its better to release and return a bird back to nature if it can take care of itself rather giving it to a rehabber who's gonna kill him someday or put it in life long captivity where its not cared after good.
 

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We read that doves, and yes he is a spotted dove, have the best chance of being introduced back into the wild, we have him back now as it was obviously too stressful for him but we dont want him to be alone the rest of his life in a cage. I may have to find a centre that takes him but because they are introduced i thought they would just kill him
 

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I have hand reared one myself....and I became very fond of him .

I understand your concern with not wanting him to be alone.....I wish you well .
 

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We read that doves, and yes he is a spotted dove, have the best chance of being introduced back into the wild, we have him back now as it was obviously too stressful for him but we dont want him to be alone the rest of his life in a cage. I may have to find a centre that takes him but because they are introduced i thought they would just kill him
You can put him in a cage outside where he can see the surroundings and can access to water,shade and sunlight to move into when he feels like.
You guys may continue releasing him with a gap of 1 or 2 days. Many members here on PT have done that in the past. Their doves/pigeons spent time out and came back for food and water and to roost at night. Eventually he will find a mate for himself and will be gone forever one day.
 
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