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sefton
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I have one breeding pair of doves which, over the years have successfully raised several chicks (but only one at a time)Recently, for the first time, two have survived and are now about 3 to 4 weeks old. Unfortunately, when I arrived home last night I found my cock bird dead on the floor of the cage (presumably of old age).
What are the chances of the chicks surviving with only one parent and what can I do to to make this more likely?

Thanks for any suggestions.

Sefton.
Dave Scribner
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Sorry to hear about your male bird. With only one parent and two chicks, there will be a tremendous strain on her. Since they're 4 weeks old, it's possible they'll survive but it's touchy.

If they are still relying solely on the mother for food, you may want to visit a local pet supply or vet and get some baby bird formula for hand feeding. It's not easy but the bond you create will be tremendous.
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Dave,
Many thanks for your reply. I did as you suggested and got some hand feeding formula.
Unfortunately - too late - One of the chicks died this morning. However, the other, which was the more developed of the two is doing fine and is showing signs of starting to feed itself.
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Sorry to hear about the death but glad the other one is surviving. It's a good sign if it's starting to eat on its own.
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Sefton,

I'm saddened to hear of your bird problems. The young bird can live fine with only one parent at this age. In fact it is time for the bird to be eating on his own. There is a feed called Game Bird Breeder that comes in crumbles (don't get the powder) that is a complete feed that will help the young dove get a good start. His mom should be happy with it too.

Once a domesticated dove makes it past its first year it usually is set for a good long life. Early life for a bird is tough.

In about six weeks, putting your female dove in with a new male dove will stand a good chance of working out OK. Mating for life only works when they both are available. Under those circumstances they are remarkably loyal.

Good Luck!

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