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