Dove Rescue 101-finding a baby dove on the ground

As promised, here is the first installment of our new blog series.  This one is titled Dove Rescue 101.  Are you ready?  Here goes!

Dove Rescue 101 – Finding a Baby Dove On the Ground

Doves are one of the easiest birds to re-nest when a baby has fallen.  Doves are devoted parents and will often try to sit on and care for their offspring ON THE GROUND!  Of course, the ground  is not a suitable place to raise a baby dove.  First, the baby will surely get eaten by predators, including ants (see our previous blog about ants as predators), if it stays out of the nest.  Often windstorms here in Arizona will cause dove nest (which are rather fragile) to be blown to bits! Doves are great parents, but the parents (for their own safety and survival) return to a tree as soon as it starts to get dark, so the baby dove would be left unprotected at night.  If you find a baby dove or two (they often come in pairs, so if you find only one baby…look for the other) on the ground, here is the immediate action to take.  First, is the baby bird warm, alert, uninjured?  Hold the bird in the palm of our hand.  If it feels cool or cold, get it onto a heat source quickly.  A heat source can be ideally a heating pad (on low setting).  If you do not have a heating pad…fill a plastic water bottle, orange juice container, milk jug, etc. with hot water (not boiling) from the faucet.  Put the cap onto the container and place it next to the bird.  Use a small box, like a shoe box to contain the bird and the water jug. Put the box in a quiet place.  Do not allow children to handle the bird.   If the bird perks up after about 15 minutes and has no other problems/injuries, then the baby is ready to be re-nested. Our next installment of Dove Rescue 101 will be…If the Bird Is Injured.Nestling Dove

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