Wild Mourning Dove Turned Pet

by Karylynn Mott
(Sutton West, Ontario)

My New Friend

My New Friend


In May of this year (2009), I was sitting in my garage with the door open and in flies a Mourning Dove. I sat on the top step to watch it for awhile.

It walked over to me and hopped up all the steps until it was at my feet. I went inside and a few hours later it had curled up on the landing and it fluffed itself up.

That night I went back into the garage to shut the door and the bird was still there. I tried to get it to fly out of the garage but it wouldn't.

I got a dish of water and of food and let it sleep in my garage for the night. The next morning I went out to open the door so the bird could leave and I went to work. 8 hours later the bird was still there, he would not leave. I even tried to chase it out but it came right back.

The bird stayed in my garage for 5 months. Even when I went to go up the driveway to take out my recycling it flew after me. It started to follow me everywhere.

I was washing my van one day and it stayed around my feet the whole time. Even with the noise of the power washer.

We had a party of about 56 people and it started to rain, so we moved into the garage and the mourning dove sat on the back of my chair the whole time. Didn't even try to fly away from all the people.

If the bird was out in the lawn and I could not see it. I called, come on pretty boy, come on pretty boy and it would fly to me and land on my head.

As the fall arrived the bird was still here. It was getting pretty cold out and the bird would tap at the door with his peak. If we did not answer, he would fly around to the back of the house on the deck and tap on my glass sliding door. This bird lets me pat him and sits on my shoulder as I walk around.

I put a cockatiel cage out and in he went and that is where he is today. He now lives inside in a cage and he seems very content. He is always cooing and loves to coo to music. I open the door and he just sits in the door way. So weird.

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Jul 03, 2014
My neighbor just gave me at mourning dove. Help.
by: Space Cadet

Greetings,
My neighbor just brought over a mourning dove that she rescued from her cat. The cat had caught it outside and brought it inside and was wrestling it under the table when she noticed the ruckus and feathers flying all over.

I do not know how seriously injured it is. My neighbor brought it over by carrying it gently and it was wrapped with a paper towel to prevent flapping.

We put it into a large open-topped box and I put an upside down miniature laundry basket on the bird so it's acting like a cage.

I don't want it to panic and try to fly and damage its wing any more. My neighbor says it looks like the wing is injured and there are some feathers missing from it.

My neighbor brought me the bird because she knows I am very sensitive to animals and will do absolutely anything I can to help one.

Can anyone tell me what I need to do now? I will put a small dish of water in the "cage" now. I don't have any birdseed though...I'll get some tomorrow.

I will also contact my sisters former employer who is a veterinarian (Avian Specialist along with the local wildlife rehabber.

I am reading such wonderful things about these beautiful birds as PETS! I would rather let it be free but I will adopt it for sure if that's what it chooses.

It kind of brings tears to my eyes...I've had a pretty heart-wrenchingly lonely past few months since being left by a not-so-nice-guy.

Things had been hard before that too...so, if this bird would like to stay around here...I know it is a sign. That's the part that makes me tear up (happy tears though!!!!)

Oh yeah, as for antibiotics...can I administer any myself? Please let me know because I'm sure it was bitten by the cat....the cat is huge and very very mean.

Thanks for your time.

Jan 24, 2014
Doves and cats
by: Larry's mom

To Scruffy: I had eight cats for 10 years with Larry!!! They were interested at times but for the most part left her alone; she slept at the bottom of a rabbit cage on bedding on top of my dresser. I wonder if her wing wasn't broken would I have let her go or was I meant to find her?

Jan 23, 2014
Scruffy
by: Anonymous

Thanx for all the great info. I am currently rehabbing a mourning dove that had been mauled by umm, my cats. He's in a cage and it's been 2 weeks and he's doing well.

And I am getting terribly attached but must let go as I have 5 rescue cats. Scruffys cage is high up on the armoire and I must bring the ladder to feed him. Although the cats are ignoring him now I don't trust them.

We love the birds and so we support spay neuter programs for cats which in turn saves the birds!

Jan 19, 2014
Larry Bird
by: Larry's mom

I loved your article!!! I was looking for someone who, too, had known the love of a mourning dove.

I found a baby with a broken wing and only pinfeathers in a client's driveway one day as I left her house after my caregiver visit; ( I thought he was a leaf laying there!)

Larry (bird) lived with us a presumed male until seven years later when I introduced a beautiful white female dove and they lived amicably for a month or so until one day I found Larry picking at the white dove's bloodied head.

Here Larry started laying eggs and the white dove was trying to hatch them! They were separated and the white dove was given a loving home, but Larry stayed my baby girl for fifteen years!

I still cry three years later since she passed from a terrible cyst-forming disease on her broken wing.

Jan 06, 2014
Frozen bird
by: Denise

Thank you anonymous and coo-coo dad for responding.

I actually saw him drink the water earlier and peck at the seed (not sure if he actually ate any). He does move around some but appears a bit lopsided.

He obviously couldn't be freed at this time with the temp at -20 and his current condition.

So... How long can I keep him before he becomes too domesticated to survive outside (assuming he improves enough to be set free) ??? AND ... If he doesn't improve, what are the 'rules' for a captive dove???

Thanks again, Denise

Jan 06, 2014
Wild birds have
by: Coo-Coo's Dad

a amazing ability to heal themselves,if his feet stay a natural color and do not turn black he/she should recover.

Even if he loses a toe or two due to frostbite he will adapt and get along fine.

Good Luck and Thank You for saving another wild bird in distress.

Jan 05, 2014
Frozen bird
by: Anonymous

Your bird will probably eat small seed that you feed your other pets. I have been purchasing wild bird seed for our dove. Hope your bird recovers and has use of its legs.

Jan 05, 2014
Found nearly frozen bird
by: Anonymousdenise

Poor thing was flopping around "spread eagle" way in the back part of our yard. At first I thought it was a stray piece of paper, as the snow was/is coming down, the winds have picked up, and we already have 12 inches on the ground.

The temp is only about 15 and supposed to be subzero in a few hours. As soon as I realized that it was a bird, it was just 60ft from our back patio, and it's movement was almost nonexistent.

I cupped it in my hands to warm it up. Unfortunately there was so much snow and ice caked on its feet, that I'm not sure if they will function when they thaw.

Currently I have him in a small covered cage in a warm room with a water dish. I already own a bare eyed cockatoo and 2 parakeets. Will a dove eat either of their type of seed?
NEED HELP FROM ALL OF YOU EXPERIENCED RESCUE FOLKS... THANKS, Denise

Dec 27, 2013
Desperately wanting to be a momma
by: Squiggy

We found a baby dove that fell out of a nest on a windy rainy day and raised it. We named him Birdie, only to find out he was a she.

She has laid a few eggs, but they are not fertile. She has gotten loose about 6 times and has always come back, luckily.

There is a neighborhood hawk that lives and hunts birds nearby. We are always scared that Birdie may have been eaten by it.

Anyway, she has recently laid two eggs and is sitting on them diligently. We don't know if we should let her keep sitting on them since they are not going to hatch.

In the past when she laid eggs, she always got bored and left them in her nest. This time she is sitting on them for days. Please advise if you know what we should do.

We don't want to upset her. By the way she is about a year old. mmgarcia10 @hotmail. com

Oct 30, 2013
Mourning does Come to People. Why?
by: Anonymous

Just to add to the rest of the experiences, I've come across a mourning dove walking in front of my car yesterday evening, as I was parking, and almost ran over it.

As I begin to slow down to a complete stop, I notice the bird going under the car. I walked with it to the back of the car and my son ( 5 years old) hops out of the car also and goes to pick it up.

It allowed him to do so, but to make a long story short. It is sitting on the table in the kitchen as I type. Cool!!!

Aug 16, 2013
Mourning Dove
by: Lynda

Hello. Stumbled upon your page while trying to find some info on mourning doves. A couple days ago I was given a mourning dove who has a wing injury and can't fly.

I tried putting him with my ringnecks because they are both female but they kept pecking him.

He's in his own cage now and seems content for the most part. He stopped pacing and is getting used to the traffic in the house.

I don't think he'll ever be able to be released and I don't know if it's even possible to keep him or bond with him or whatever.

I can pick him up but he's jittery until I have him in my hands awhile. Just needing some friendly advice here.

Contact at lyndapitt @ icloud . com. Many thanks.

Aug 09, 2013
a visitor came to visit
by: Bob

A mourning dove showed up on the back of my truck park with lumber for my project. I thought when I got a piece of lumber it would fly away, instead it started following me staying near my feet even on my shoes.

I fed him to get him away from the work site so he would not get hurt, Didn't work.

With power saw drill he stayed right with me even getting on shoulders walking back and forth, stays with me all the time.

At night, the dove sits at the window near my chair to see me and has started pecking on window.

Will not let me pet him, started pulling at hair on my legs and landed on my head today with me walking around.

After reading the comments I have had to change name from Bernice to Bernie. We also thought it was a message of some kind but now know I just needed a new friend and hope he stays with us.

I will use all of your info to make it happen. I also love the songs.

Aug 07, 2013
Nicole / Beanie
by: Coo-Coo's Dad

He will start to coo-coo very soon.Only the males are vocal.

I did the same with my Dove, with a cover on the pillow next to me he would sleep as he got older and bumped a few times in the middle of the night by me he decided to move to the hutch.

But at day break if I was still sleeping he would land softly on the bed, sneek up on me and stick his beak in my ear, now that will wake you up!

Every morning was like being in the woods camping, his morning song was a beautiful sound, as soon as he spotted me he was either on my head or shoulder. A true friend.

You made the right decision to keep him, he will be a loving friend for life.

A toy for them is saran wrap, why I don't know, but you will laugh at the silly antics when he starts to mess with it, including flying thru the house with it in his beak, sometimes covering his eyes and making him land for loss of vision.

Then showing anger at it for blinding him.
Funny birds for sure.

Aug 07, 2013
Keeping Bean
by: Nicole

You're right, he has no chance out there. I spoke to some other people with mourning dove experience and they said the same thing.

Beanie is so sweet and is laying next to me in bed as I type this haha. His eyes are very round so he might be a boy!

I hope Beanie has a long life with me. Thank you for your advice!

Aug 05, 2013
Keeping Beanie
by: Coo'Coo's Dad

Keep him as a pet, he or she will keep you company for years.
Read some of my prior posts on what to feed him.

Having been hand raised he hasn't a chance in the wild. He has little fear of things he should have.

You can guess sex by the eyes, if very round(BB shaped) more than likely it is a male, if almond shaped its a girl in most cases.

Let your heart be your guide deciding to release the Dove!

As in Coo-Coo's case he was a gem of a bird who spent 15 years with me, never had to look for food or water, and never had to fear animals or humans.

Aug 04, 2013
Should I let Bean go?
by: Nicole

I found Bean about a month ago. He had no feathers and was on the ground alone with no mom in sight. (I dont know if Bean is a boy or girl but I feel like hes a boy) So I took the baby in.

I never had a bird before so it was new to me but I got the hang of it and he grew big and strong on baby formula.

Now he is on a seed diet and is doing great. He is so sweet and will fly out of his cage and onto my bed. He will cuddle and lay on my back and chest or sometimes sit on my pillow looking down on me.

He means so much to me and now I'm faced with the dilemma of releasing him. I don't think he will have a good chance of survival. He can fly well but is very trusting of people. He is also a bit unbalanced just walking. He falls over a lot.

I did let him out today and he flew into the trees and the entire day I was crying and looking for him. Around 6pm he showed up outside and sat on the ground next to me and ate some seeds. He then tried to nap on the ground which is obviously a no no so I brought him back in for the night.

He ate a bunch more seeds and gobbled down water and then cuddled in bed with me. I love him so much and want him to have the best life. I just don't know if the best life is with me or in the wild.

He could have years with me but could have only days, weeks, or months outside.

What should I do? I love Beanie and need help.

Jul 27, 2013
Would love to have BUT !
by: Coo-Coo's Dad

After the heart ache I suffered at Coo-Coo's loss I never want to go thru that again.

To me what I had with Coo-Coo could never be the same or duplicated. He knew me who hand raised him with a eye dropper as his mother/father,his affection was unconditional.

I know from owning other birds you can own only one if a true bond is expected, once another bird of the same species is around that bird becomes his best friend.

I had thought many times thru-out the years about getting Coo-Coo a girl friend, but I also knew once this happened Coo-Coo would no longer be my buddy.

His new mate would be his life, this happened with a cockatiel I had years ago, the coolest bird I've ever seen at the time.

For 4 years this bird talked up a storm, teased the cat(who was trained not to hurt him)did all kinds of silly things to keep himself occupied, and bugged my wife constantly while she cooked or washed dishes.

I made the mistake of getting him a mate, within a matter of days he got very mean, quit talking and would actually attack you if you approached his cage.

I ended up giving him and his mate to a breeder, he no longer had anything to do with people.

As much as I would love to have another Coo-Coo, he will never be replaced.

Instead he will remain in my dreams and mind as the best bird friend I ever had. I am getting old(64) my days are like Coo-coo's getting short and numbered.

I worried about dieing first and what would happen to Coo-Coo if left in someone else hands for care.

I fully understood him, he could not speak but his actions let me know when he needed something such as a bath or fresh seeds or water.

I hope you find a good loving home for this pair of Doves, they deserve love and attention, and will always return the love you give them, its just there nature.


Bob Schlund (AKA:Coo-Coo's Dad)

Jul 25, 2013
Home for 2 mourning doves?
by: Jen

Last September, a friend of mine brought me two newly hatched baby mourning doves that barely had any fuzz on them.

Their nest had been knocked down at a construction site and the mother never returned.

When I received them, I wasn't sure if they would make it, even with my extensive experience in caring for orphaned hatchlings.

Anyhow, I raised them and had planned to release them when they began flying. Unfortunately, they became extremely attached to humans and constantly want to be near me or my husband.

I am desperately trying to find someone who would enjoy having them as pets and care for them as we have.

They are so tame and will sit on top of their cage for hours just chilling out. We hardly keep them caged as they are so calm. We live in MI, so hopefully there is someone willing to take them.

We both work so much and are traveling a lot. They really need to be somewhere with people who will give them a lot of attention.

Releasing them into the wild is a death sentence that we refuse to do.

May 19, 2013
Now this is a Love Story
by: Milly Leonard from Houston

This is a lovely story that I wish it were me experiencing this heavenly joy. I love Mourning Doves so much that I have copied and pasted this remarkable experience on my Facebook Page,
With lots of love for you and that sweet "love bird" of yours.......Milly

Apr 24, 2013
Coo Coo
by: Anonymous

So sorry to hear about Coo-Coo Bob. I have 6 new baby ring neck chicks, In honor of your Coo Coo I will name one of my chicks Coo Coo Jr. If that is ok. My chicks are all hand fed and are in the beginning stages of fledging. .

Again sorry for the loss of your Coo Coo

Brady

Apr 24, 2013
Coo-Coo Went to heaven yesterday
by: Anonymous

As much as I hated to I had to put down Coo-Coo.He is no longer with me.

A very good bird vet took a look,explained what what might be going on with him,"could be Gout,Kidney stone or a list of other problems,a x-ray would tell the story".
The x-ray showed a tumor growing next to his spinal cord,it was cutting off the nerves to his legs,thus crippling him,right was all the way gone,left was going fast,he only had about half strength on left leg and foot,and would lose all soon.
Surgery was not a option,so I had no choice nor did Coo-Coo.

Dr said he seemed to be in no pain , just confused as to why he crashed when he tried to land.
It was very hard on me,my soft heart didn't give me a break as to the pain of loss of this little hand raised guy.I'll have memories of him for life.He was a very loving bird and comical too.

I brought him home in a box they put his body in,placed it where he used to sleep for the night,Lingling gave him a Chinese Funereal last night with candle's and a Cross.
I'll say a prayer for him today and bury him next to Petey,my other Dove who died in "81" at the ripe old age of 24.
Coo-Coo had just turned 15 in human years or 105 in bird years this month,it was time to go I guess,we all have a expiration date but never know when that is until it happens.

Bob Schlund

- I did miss his morning song today ,that didn't help matters for me.15 yrs of Coo-a-loo,Coo-a-loo,Coo-a-loo everyday at day break was the norm.

Apr 21, 2013
coo coo
by: Pee Wee's dad

Sorry to hear about Coo Coo. I hope he gets better. But he is closing in on his life expectancy, but he still may have some guailty life left.

Hopefully you will be able to find another replcement bird before to long.

I just released my white wing dove I had for over a yesr. He had a broken wing.

Late this evening I noticed he had returned to his pen for some much needed nurishment. He stayed put in his pen and waited for me ro close the cage door.

So I guess I will let him come and go as he pleases, I am sure he will stay around when winter comes. He knows that he has it made .

Apr 21, 2013
15 and not doing well
by: Coo-Coo's Dad

My little feathered friend has turned 15yrs. this month.

I feel his days are getting very short.
He has trouble walking, his right leg might have arthritis or something.

He has pretty much quit walking and avoids standing on it. His sleep habits are most of the day now and I notice his breathing is very hard.

It's going to be very hard to say goodbye to this little friend. I pray everyday and will ask others for your prayers too!


Thank You !
Bob Schlund (63yrs)
Coo-Coo's Dad.(15yrs)

Apr 21, 2013
Pet mourning bird escapes
by: Coo-coo's Dad

#1.Your friends Wild Dove may return if he/she felt wanted. Mine escaped out the door at about the same age one night thru a open door wall. He was waiting on a lawn chair the next morning to come in. Which he did when I opened the door and called him.

#2.
On the other hand at 8-9 months old he will learn from other Doves how to survive outside. These birds are very smart and learn very fast.
This birds natural instincts should protect him until he learns the way of the wild.

Mine is 15 years old and lived in the house his entire life, but if he spots a cat, dog, hawk thru the window he goes and hides. He has never lost his fear of predators.

Apr 20, 2013
Pet mourning bird escapes:
by: Anonymous

My friends pet mourning dove escaped his cage.

I would like to offer her some comfort but can't seem to find the answer to my question. I hope someone here knows what to advise me.

Do any of you know what the probability is of this dove surviving? He fell out of his nest about 8 months ago and has been in my friends care since then.

Is it possible that genetics will kick in and the bird will survive?

Thank you.

Apr 03, 2013
Dove Diet
by: Anonymous

Most doves will stick mainly to milo, cracked corn millet and Pee Wee just loved hulled sunflower seed, then I would chop them up a little so he could eat it ok.

One thing that is important is that you offer your bird some "GRIT". That helps your bird digest his seeds okay. What hapoens is the birds seed goes through their gizzard and the the grit assists in breaking down the seed properly.

What I do for my birds as well is because they are breeding and laying eggs, I supplement with oyster shell or I save egg shells which I bake in the oven for an hour or so and crush the shells and offer that as a calcium supplement. I would only do the calcium if you have breeders.

I believe you are doing fine, now you can offer chopped up green lettuce, chopped up apples as a treat but remove it after a couple of hours to avoid spoilage and preventing your bird getting sick.

Mourning doves are a very hardy bird and rarely get sick. Just keep your food fresh and plenty of water and TONS OF LOVE
And you will have a companion forever.

If I can be of help please let me know. Please go to my blog site if you wish register and I will get you my email address. I will help when I can. And yes I really enjoy my birds they keep me going and entertained.

Here is my blog address. http://texasbrady.com

Its a political blog I have. But I much rather talk birds than politics anyway.

Take care






Apr 03, 2013
So sorry...
by: Anonymous

Oh my goodness, I am so sorry to hear about Pee Wee..that is so horrible! Sounds like he had the very best life and I know how much you must miss him!

Thank goodness you have so many other birds to keep you company. We, too, have a mourning dove and have had her for 1 year. (of course I say "her" but it is really hard to know) She is our sunshine,the sweetest funniest bird ever.

As I am typing this she is sitting on top of my laptop talking to me.

We have so many hawks in the area where we live and have seen it happen to the doves too many times.

I was just wondering if you could tell me if you gave him anything besides seeds like peanuts etc.

Someone told me that they needed oil in their diet. I would appreciate any advice you could give us.

We want to keep her for many, many years and want only the best for her. Thank you so much and again I am so sorry about your Pee Wee.

Apr 03, 2013
Thanks
by: Anonymous

Trish,

Thanks for your comment on PeeWee, I sure do miss my little buddy, he was great companion. I also have 4 adult ring necks and one juvenile ring neck (Breezy) who wad hatched on March 12013.

I am in the process of working with Breezy getting him acclimated to hanging out in the house with us.

He still needs to be with his parents until he is completely weaned and on seed 100%..

He still begs for some "CROP MILK" from his parents who oblige him a little less each day. He will be weaned in next week or two.

I also have two hens sitting on 2 eggs each and are due to hatch on 4 April, just a couple of more days. So I keep busy but I often think of my PeeWee as well.

I also adopted a female cockateil, who was outright mean and would bite you just to be mean. However I found out "BONNIE" had been abused by previous owners and was neglected as a chick.

It has taken some work but BONNIE is doing great and has adapted well.

Apr 02, 2013
So sorry about PeeWee.
by: Trish

I am so sorry you lost your dear pet. Mourning doves are so sweet. It sounds like you did everything you could and that he had a very happy life.

Jan 24, 2013
Pee Wee Update
by: Anonymous

I just wanted to give an update on my mourning dove
Pee-Wee .

As you know I have had Pee-Wee for 3.5 years. Well just two days ago I was outside with Pee Wee letting him fly around for a few minutes. When PW is ready to go back in the house he will fly to my shoulder or my head.

Well PW decided he would forage around the yard for a bit. In doing so I went and sat in my chair on the back porch until PW was ready to come inside.

All of a sudden a hawk swooped down and attacked PW and grabbed him with his claws and flew up with PW in his grasp.

PW struggled and some how broke free and fell in my neighbors yard.

I went to get PW and he was severely injured. One of the hawks talons punctured PW chest.

I did all I could for PW, but he died. I understand nature and what not but ole PEE WEE was a special pet and I will miss his company.

Jan 23, 2013
Mourning dove and Inca dove
by: Trish

I am so happy to have found this page! I have had a mourning dove since April 2012. A coworker found him, just a little baby bundle of feathers. His tail was missing and he had a head wound.

After 2 days of holding him and singing to him, he finally ate some baby bird formula from a tube and we've been inseparable ever since. His name is Rooh, and rides around on my head and follows me everywhere.

My house is empty while I'm at work all day, so last summer I started looking for a friend for him.

A couple in Austin had a baby Inca dove they'd hatched when his mother was killed by their outdoor ceiling fan. I adopted that little guy too and named him Necco. I spend as much time as I can with both of them.

Weekday mornings and evenings we sit together and preen/scratch/pet/sing for at least 30 minutes but I'm concerned that they're lonely and not getting enough exercise.

They have free run of the house on the weekends but are in a cage all day during the week. It's a flight cage, but Rooh needs more room to fly than it provides.

And now Necco has become territorial so I'm keeping them in separate cages. Two big cages, side by side.

It's becoming obvious by their behavior that both are males, and Rooh is displaying classic nesting wing-twitching-stalking and jumping mourning dove courting behavior, aimed at me because I'm all he has.

Rooh is a fast and agile flyer when he wants to be, but most of the time when he's out he just follows me around the house on foot or rides on my shoulder. He comes to me when I call and has no fear.

Necco is a little more independent so I'm not as worried about him. I'm considering building a walk-in aviary for them instead of cages but unless Necco settles down I may have to continue to keep them separated.

Does anyone else out there have an Inca dove? And any ideas how to get Rooh to use those beautiful wings of his? Releasing either one would be a death sentence; both are fearless and will land on anyone's head. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated :)

Oct 23, 2012
Pee Wee my Mourning Dove
by: Anonymous

I have had Pee Wee my Mourning dove for all of his life. I found him with very little feathers after he was blown out of his nest. I tried to reunite him but the nest was obliterated in the wind.

Anyway I raised Pee Wee on Kay Tee -extract until I was able to wean him and got him eating wild bird seed.

I have now had Pee Wee for 3 years (Oct 2012) and he has no intention of leaving. I have tried to set him free but he refuses to leave.

The longest time he left was 30 minutes and back to his home. He now goes outside flys around and comes back inside the house.

He prefers to be in the family room with us. He has several perches, my television, my headboard where he sleeps with us at night and takes his nap.

He takes a trip into town with the wife and goes to the grocery store where he is well received.

Pee Wee is a loving bird and just lives to please by cooing all day long.

He has been a great friend.

Sep 11, 2012
sibling birds
by: Anonymous

I found two baby mourning doves a few months back. One of them was much bigger than the other. The smaller one was almost dead. They have not begun cooing yet.

When they were very young, the larger bird would often take food out of the crop of the small bird. At this time, they are just about equal in size, however, the smaller of the two is still just a tad smaller.

At any rate, I have a couple questions, and hope someone may be able to shed some light. The smaller bird has begun to chase the larger bird around the cage, also, the smaller bird has poked at the larger bird when both of them are eating the millet treat.

What is going on?

Aug 31, 2012
coughing
by: Anonymous

Our mourning dove has started making a coughing like noise.... I would appreciate any advice! Don't want to loose her!!

Aug 28, 2012
mourning dove
by: Anonymous

How did you train your dove to use the bathroom on a newspaper??

Aug 01, 2012
Wow!
by: Amanda

We just found a baby mourning dove that fell out of our tree. We weren't sure what it was at first or what to feed it, but now we're feeding him Exact parrot formula. We named it Birdy and I guess we're going to keep him:) Thanks for the story, it helped us make our decision!

Jul 26, 2012
To Jasmine and other owners of a Wild Dove
by: Coo-Coo's dad

Jasmine,
You really need to bring your Dove in the house,a cat or dog is going to kill it. This bird has decided to be your friend/pet.

Get him some wild bird seed some grit and some vitamins, a water dish of some sort and enjoy his company.

You may want to buy a large cage so it doesn't mess up his tail feathers, or like mine he has his run of the house but is paper rained(sometimes he don't make though).

Mine turned 14 years old this spring (April-98yrs old. 7 to 1 in bird to human years)
PETCO sells a Dove/Pigeon mix of seed and online you can find Petamine Breeding Formula a very good general vitamin for all birds.

You will also need some fine grit or gravel made for a birds digestive track (gizzard) I also use a little crushed coral for fish aquariums it adds calcium to the diet.

Please get him out of the bucket, he needs your affection and love,that's a window-less prison for him! How would like to live that way? I don't think so.

He will return your affection 10 times over if given the chance. If he sings and coo's all day it is a male, if very quiet and doesn't coo in the morning it is a female.

And please remember every animal needs exercise a bird needs lots of exercize to stay healthy, if you want it to live a long time let him fly every day, if he is given the chance he will do hot laps thru out the house for hours not minuets.

That's why mine has lived so long,good food,fresh water everyday affection and exercize.

This is the second Dove I have raised I am 63.
The first one (Petey) lived 24 years and died from old age, his vital organs started shutting down no saving him.

Ten years later #2 (Coo-Coo) came into my life, 14 years later he is still with my family, although he has slowed down quite a bit (no more hot laps thru the house)but still fly's well and often, he is just happy being near people or on someones shoulder.

Sleeps a lot but when awake is a comical little guy and very noisy.(coo-a-loo's all day)

Good luck with your new found friend, given the chance he will be with you for many many years and reward you with a birds affection, song and love!

Good Luck !
Coo-Coo's Dad
Bob Schlund SE Mich.

Jul 25, 2012
oh my gosh
by: Jasmine

well i found this baby mourning dove i dont know how old it is or even if its a boy or girl we tried to put it back in the yard but it stayed in the same place for 3 days so now i have it in a bucket it liks to climb on my shoulders and just sit there for no reason i seen some doves in the backyard and put it down and left but it just walked to the door and was pecking at it i feed it and water it but im worried

Mar 04, 2012
Time for a mate
by: Anonymous

I raised a mourning dove, and it sometimes sleeps with me on my arm. It is constantly cooing, wanting out, then going to a spot on the top of the cage spreading its shoulders and doing the little roo- and mating gasp..blowing air in and out of its mouth with its mouth partial open any of you guys got a male by any chance?

Jan 07, 2012
Somebodys pet once
by: Anonymous

it had to have been somebodys pet once when it was raised as a baby and somehow got loose. I KNOW because mourning doves are wild and skittish. It HAD to have been someones pet once.

Sep 21, 2011
We seem to have a new pet too.
by: Anonymous

My daughter was playing with a fully feathered, but very young mourning dove in the yard a couple weeks ago.

It couldn't fly, but I knew the parents were around. Because of all the dogs, cats, and foxes nearby, I put it in the garage and fed it thinking it would fly in a day or two and we would set it free.

Over two weeks later, it still can't fly very far - but seems very active and otherwise healthy. It's eating well and growing. It's parents are gone.

All of the mourning doves in the neighborhood have gone for the winter. It isn't very fearful of people and will sit on my lap for long periods of time and allow me to pet it.

I love birds, but haven't had one for years. I guess we'll keep it :-)

May 18, 2011
Adopted by a Baby Dove
by: Anonymous

That encourages me to keep my orphan Dove. I named her Squirt.

Apr 17, 2011
My 12 year old wild morning dove
by: Bob in Mi.

I have a male who just turned twelve years old.
He had either fallen or was kicked out of his nest when he was the size of a golf ball.

I put him back in the nest once only to find him on the ground again a few hours later.

I did a little research on hand feeding birds, got an eye dropper and some baby parrot food.
To my amazement he lived, much like any other pet he comes when called.

I feed him pigeon/dove seed mixed with, parakeet, finch, wild bird seeds. Golden Sunburst Millet makes a perfect snack. Petamine Original mix is a excellent vitamin.

His song every morning is so relaxing. He loves to play with saran wrap for some reason and flies around the house with it hanging out of his beak.

Coo-Coo is a very comical and curious bird.I have to watch him closely and where he's at constantly. He almost got crushed under a reclining chair once, and got himself trapped in a Christmas paper tube another time.

He is not caged but instead paper trained, when he has to go he heads for the old news paper in the family room.

Any bird needs lots of exercise to stay healthy, be sure to let them out to fly everyday!

Bob in Michigan

Mar 23, 2011
New friend
by: Anonymous

Hi all last night whilst out on our patio a dove hopped up the steps to where I was and just sat there looking at me, I then realized it could not fly but did not look injured in any way at all I went to the back door and it followed me so I sat on the step and put some water down, it just sat right next to me very still just looking at me, I was worried cats would kill it in the night so I place it in an empty rabbit hutch with water food and bedding, this morning it seems more with it so I opened the door up its not interested in going anywhere and is sitting there cleaning itself, maybe it knows it cannot fly? I am not sure what I should do with it

Oct 17, 2010
I have one too.
by: Anonymous

It is so amazing. I can't understand why the little bird wants to be with my Dad and I instead of being free. But it will not leave us. Why is that.

Jun 09, 2010
Wonderful!
by: Another Bird Lover

You are so blessed! Glad he chose you to live with. They really are sweet birds and we love their song.

May 27, 2010
Sweet, sweet, sweet!
by: Karen

What a neat story! I love mourning doves and it is clear you do as well. Nice to have your love reciprocated, I'll bet!

May 27, 2010
How Sweet
by: Anonymous

That has got to be the neatest thing I have ever heard.


Thanks For Your Story

Apr 25, 2010
Wild Mourning Dove Turned Pet
by: LaDonna Clark

What a wonderful story! I'm so happy for you both! You have a wonderful pet, and he has a safe home. How lucky you are! :)

Nov 13, 2009
RE: Comment
by: Anonymous

Yes, we believe that he did loose his mate.

Nov 12, 2009
Pretty Boy
by: Anonymous

How sweet. Do you suppose he lost his mate?

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