Animal shelter are bringing me a white dove that has been abused,

by Christina
(Victoria, Australia)

Hello, how are you going? A while ago, when my beuatiful white dove got sick and then went missing, I contacted all the local vets and animal shelters in case he got brought in there. Alas, he never turned up. But today, an animal sheletr rang me up and said that they have a white dove from somebody else and he needs a home, and I said I would love to adopt him, so they are bringing him to our house tomorrow morning. They said that his previous owners had him in their apartment and they very badly treated him and were very cruel and abusive towards him. They said when they found him he was starved and covered in black tar and his wings were badly damaged. I feel like crying just hearing about how this poor little fella was treated.

They said they have been feeding him back to good health, and he has had a bath, but they said he is still very scared and he pecks sometimes if you go too near him, and he makes a noise if he is scared. They said I should keep him inside in a birdcage for 1 or 2 weeks, and give him lots of love and lots of cuddles and attention and kindnes. They said after 2 weeks, then I can take him to the garden for a test fly and see how he goes. We have other pigeons in the yard who are very kind and tame as I bought another lost pigeon once and they welcomed him with open wing snad now they are all best friends .

I am going to look after this new bird forevr too and love him forever. Do you have any tips as to what else I should do to look after him and help him recover from his terrible past? The animal shelter said I should keep him inside at night- where in the houseshould I keep him at night? In my room with me? but there is the light and computer I have on in my room, so that might be too noisy and light do you think? If I put his cage in the laundry at night with the door closed so he won't hear any noise, is that better? Would I open the laundry window for air or close it if the laundry door is closed (as the toilet is right next door to the laundry, and peopel go to the toilet all night so the light and noise from the toilet might disturb him if I keep the laundry door open? And where ever I put him at night, should I put a cover over his cage?

What about during the day when I am at work? I only work part time and I am out of the house for 6 hours on weekdays. The rest of the time I am home. Where would I keep his cage during the day? In his cage in my room do you think? Would I open the window or close it? It is just starting to have cold weather in Austrlia, but I don't want him to suffer lack of frsh air either. Or should I put him on the back porch? But there, the washinh machine and dryer and going all day and it gets hot and noisy there.

What will I feed him to be perfect for him? Is birdseed okay, and fruit and vegies? What kind of fruit and vegies would a white dove eat?

Thanks heaps for your help, I do appreciate it a lot :-) Kind Regards, from Christina :-)

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Apr 16, 2010
a white dove that has been abused,
by: Linda

First of all, allow me to commend you for taking in this little dove. Secondly, I'm horrified that anyone could abuse any bird, and especially the dove which is the symbol for Peace worldwide!

I've copied the internet address of a site that is all about doves, and here you will find many links to answer your questions it is:

http://www.diamonddove.info/bird13%20Mourning.htm

It says Diamond Doves which are the small doves, and it also has info on ALL doves plus you can ask some questions of some experts at keeping doves.

I recommend you NOT keep bird in a laundry or bathroom as it is nasty and too humid. IF IT IS GETTING TO BE WINTER THERE, DO NOT OPEN ANY WINDOWS AND DO NOT PUT THIS BIRD OUTSIDE UNTIL NEXT YEAR AS IT WILL DIE FROM THE COLD. It takes birds a while to acclimate, and he has been living inside all this time, so you cannot put him outside in two weeks. He needs a very roomy cage in a safe place in your home. He needs to be kept out of drafts of any kind and allowed to sleep in a quiet place where no one will be coming and going and turning on lights. Remember, cage needs to be big not small as doves need to be able to fly or hop from one perch to another. THEY ARE NOT PARROTS AND WILL NOT CLIMB AROUND TO GET TO FOOD, WATER OR ANOTHER PERCH, THEY WILL FLY or FLY HOP.

As for what room to put him in, please make sure it is near a window, but not in the window because of drafts. He needs to be able to look out during the day when you are gone. REMEMBER DO NOT PUT THIS BIRD OUTSIDE WITH WINTER COMING OR HE WILL DIE. Find an Avian Vet in your area and take him in for a checkup soon as you get him because an abused, neglected bird is sick with one thing or another, and you need a clean bill of health for him.

His cage needs to have some kind of wheels on it, needs to be large and some on the heavy side so it does not tip over. This way, you can move cage around if needed. Keep the bird around people when it is daylight and get him to bed in a safe, warm place and cover him if he is used to that. Make sure he gets around 12 hours or darkness which is the only real rest for birds.

Look at the site I gave you information for, and ask them questions about food. DO NOT FEED KAYTEE'S SUPREME DOVE FOOD AS I FOUND IT HAS ETHOXYQUIN AS A PRESERVATIVE WHICH IS USED IN THE MAKING OF RUBBER TIRES. How they can say it's a good food is beyond me. DO NOT FEED ANY FOOD WITH PRESERVATIVES IN IT AS THESE ARE TOXIC POISONS FOR BIRDS.

Linda

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