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DOVE BITE - New Rescue

Lots happening in my birdie world. Sorrel and Serafina's new babies, Biba and Nova, are now about 13 days old. You can maybe just see them here behind Daddy Sorrel. They both seem to be completely white, like big sister Solitaire. How can that be with their daddy being brown?

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Pan and Mariette hatched their eggs a few days ago, and I was happy to find two empty shells, thinking we would have two babies this time. But on Friday the aviary started to have a unpleasant smell and by Saturday it was horrendous. It could only mean one thing....I removed Mariette from the nest, with much protesting, and felt around til I found a sodden fluffy lump..... the poor little thing had died probably on the first day. Very sad and I have no idea why. But thankfully the other one seems to be doing well. Bigger brother Jethro is only himself about 38 days old.

My friend brought me a little collared dove that a friend of hers had found injured.

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This is one of the first photos. She looks pretty settled, but was in a bad way with one entirely closed up eye and a wound under her wing. I had some of my homeopathic drops that I get from a man on ebay, and they are brilliant, clearing up any eye problems usually within a couple of days at most. This is the wound under the wing, healing now.

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Lily Rose, as I call her, has been seemingly unafraid of me from the start. When her eye opened I started taking her out of the 'hospital' hutch to get some sun and be with the pigeons, and she will happily sit on my knee or perch on my hand. I have been hand feeding her, but trying to wean her off that. But so far I havent seen her eat or drink on her own. Sorry photo is not the right way up!

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By the late afternoon today, Lily Rose was not content to be in the hospital, so I kept an eye on her as she walked about or sat on the lawn. I really don't know what I am going to do with her tomorrow as I have to go out in the morning. Being confined can stress this type of bird, but though she can flutter I don't think she can fly well enough yet.

I'm also looking after a funny little pidge I call Poppet, but more about him maybe tomorrow if I get the chance to write another dove bite!

Posted at 13th Aug 2017 - 09:02PM   Posted by Faith   DOVE BITE - New Rescue Comments: 9

Fennie's Avatar Thanks for this. Maybe it is to do with dominant and recessive genes. Hope your little collared dove is soon well.Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 13th Aug 2017 at 11:00PM

Faith's Avatar Well it must be to do with genes but I would've thought the white was recessive. Does anyone know?

Posted by: Faith on 14th Aug 2017 at 08:26AM

Fennie's Avatar But two white recessives will produce a white baby. A yellow lab can have two black parents.

Parent 1 Parent 2
B - Y (Black) B - Y (Black)

Offspring B-B (Black) B-Y (black) x2 Y-Y (Yellow)

But is she a collared dove? Probably - but could she not be a turtledove, perhaps?

Posted by: Fennie on 14th Aug 2017 at 02:44PM

Faith's Avatar She is def a collared dove - a juvenile.

Posted by: Faith on 14th Aug 2017 at 08:49PM

Fennie's Avatar Ah - a juvenile! She didn't look like an adult. So I am not quite going barmy. Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 14th Aug 2017 at 10:55PM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar All's busy in the birdy world as usual I see. Very Happy

Hope the little dove recovers.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 15th Aug 2017 at 10:27AM

Camilla's Avatar Do hope the little Dove recovers Faith, my Patch caught a fledging collared dove two weeks ago just as it was starting to fly from its nest, luckily I was able to pick bird up with gloves on as it lay on the garden and it flew high up into the sky so pleased it was not hurt although Patch had caught it at first.

Posted by: Camilla on 16th Aug 2017 at 12:12AM

Camilla's Avatar Where did your friend find the collared dove that was injured Faith? That she brought to you. Hope it was not the little collared dove that Patch originally caught in his mouth although he did fly off afterwards, would they fly a long way even though injured?

Posted by: Camilla on 16th Aug 2017 at 12:14AM

Faith's Avatar It was found in Walton-on-Thames, Camilla - down by the river (Manor Rd). Extremely unlikely that it was Patch's one.

Posted by: Faith on 16th Aug 2017 at 09:04PM

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