Feeding Baby Birds
I found a baby dove in my yard. What should I feed it until it is ready to fly?
Try some crushed dry cat or dog food. If the bird pecks for the food, you can also use a mixed millet seed diet, much like what people feed parakeets. In the event the bird doesn’t peck for the food, try watering down the cat or dog food. If the dove still doesn’t eat, further moisten this mixture and feed the bird with a dropper.
Because doves are seed eaters, these two food items will be very adequate in getting the bird to the feathered stage, where it is ready for a life of its own outdoors. It’s also a smart move to contact wildlife rescue. To locate a local licensed wildlife rehabilitator, contact your veterinarian or Audubon Society office. Also, make sure to carefully look over the bird and call the veterinarian immediately if you spot any obvious physical wounds.
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