tail feathers ripped out
(Rome NY USA)
Hi, We found what appears to be an adult Mourning dove in the yard. It looked like it's tail feathers and some of the top portion(closest to the back) wing feathers had been ripped out. We left the bird alone. 2 days later it was sitting on the step sunning itself.
We had an extra cockatiel cage so we put the mourning dove in it along with seed and water, as well as a box-one end removed and placed it open side down so the dove could 'hide'. There doesn't seem to be any blood or torn skin. The dove is eating and drinking and almost seems to understand the situation.
My question is-Will the feathers ever grow back? If so how long might it take? We plan on releasing the bird as soon as it's able to fly well enough to avoid danger. Any information would be appreciated.