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Old 08-09-2015, 01:57 PM
 
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I woke up this morning and let my dogs out only for them to bring me a injured baby/juvenile dove. I looked around for the nest and I didn't find anything but my neighbors did some gardening yesterday so there might not be a nest for him to return to. I had him in a box so the parents could help, but the bird flew out of the box and careened straight into my pool. I got a good look at it's wings while fishing it out and it's missing a lot of feathers though nothing seems to be broken and he doesn't seem to be bleeding or injured in any other way. I have him in a medium sized dog crate right now with some of the seeds from my rodent's feed and a heavy bowl with some water in it, the bars are big enough for both parties to reach their heads in and out of the cage (and the mother has fed the baby like that) but not enough that the baby has attempted flying out.

I have absolutely no idea what to do. I don't want to call wildlife rescue because they're going to have to separate the family. What do I do? Am I doing the right thing?
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Old 08-09-2015, 01:58 PM
 
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I should clarify that the mother and father dove are here.
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Old 08-10-2015, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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No one else has chimed in, so I guess I will. What I'd do (provided you are SURE the bird has no serious injuries) is keep the baby dove in the setup you have now (but with appropriate food - pick up some chicken feed) until the parents lose interest in feeding the youngster, then I'd call the wildlife rescue folks. The dove can't be released into the wild until the damaged flight feathers on that wing are molted and new ones grow in, so either way the dove is going to need human care for a while.

If you're uncertain of the degree of damage the dove may have suffered, get the wildlife rescue people involved immediately!

I am assuming you're talking about a native dove, and not a feral pigeon. Do you know what species it is?
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