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Kingry
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Why do my birds refuse to feed their young? Just lost another chirp today. Any suggestions?
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Kingry, how old are the adult birds? Young doves very often have to go through several hatching phases before they realize what they should do.
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Kingry
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My oldest are at least 10 years old. I only have 1 or 2 per year survive.
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Hi Kingry - since your doves are so old, the most likely cause of them not feeding the young is because they know that something is wrong with them and they will not survive anyhow. Nature is cruel sometimes, but most likely they wouldn't have survived anyways. The adult doves know this and that is why they ignored them. There is really nothing you can do about that situation. I have been in that situation before, and tried to hand feed the young, but they passed anyhow. Hope that helps.
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Alpha is right. You can never tell. I had a baby born to a pair 2 months ago and it survive just fine. They laid another a few weeks later and it didn't survive. They didn't take care of it. They seem to know if there is something wrong. Put yourself in their place. If you new the baby wasn't going to survive, would you want to regurgitate all day to feed it? Smile

Seriously, nature takes care of it's own and rearing little ones comes pretty natural to them.
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It's just brutal to watch. Had one recently get all the way to first flight, but too dumb to eat. I guess that's why they have 7 sets of young per year.
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Only 7? you must be lucky. My birds lay eggs several times a month for 9 - 10 months a year.
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My 16 year old showed me how she gets the young to eat for her. She basicly puts the seed in her clinched fist, and inserts the baby's head. She then got it to drink using a water bottle. The gullet was full, and this one made it through the night. Just finished feeding it again. This is the second of the 2, the first died as I had not learned her technique. Here is a link that may help. http://www.diamonddove.com/q&a/feedingbabydoves.html
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New problem. Now I have chirps coming out my ears. On the good side, they all fly to me when I open the cage. Blows my buddies away. Anyone witin a drive of Norfolk Va looking for hand raised doves? Mailed them out once, was not happy. The guaranteed overnight delivery took 3 days.
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I had a shipment delayed once for 3 days as well. The post office sent the box to the wrong state. I will say they were very cooperative when I called and explained we were talking about live animals. They worked extra hours searching for the shipment, found it and sent it by courier to it's destination. It still took 3 days but the doves were fine.

When I ship, I put extra seed in the box and several cups of water with sponges in them. The birds can't drink normally but they can get enough water to keep them alive.

In all other cases, overnight was met as promised.
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