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    What to feed Dove chicks?

    Hi,
    There where some Doves that made a nest on a plant pot but the parents got eaten(no I wasn't that hungry) by some predator and the chicks looks like they tried to get away or something. After about 10min. of searching we found both of them but now we need something to feed the chicks. They hatched about 10 days ago. Does anyone know what/how to feed Mourning Dove chicks.

    I've heard of using Cream of Wheat but have no idea if that would actually work. Thanks.
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    My dad uses chick starter from the ag store for his chickens that he raises fom the incubator, that would prolly work. Make sure they stay warm. A light bulb in a small box is a good idea.

    Check with the ag store they could tell ya
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    I think they need a special formula. What is an AG store.
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    Worms ??????

    Really, I just asked my wife and she said to chop them up and fed it to them . She said to tap on their beak and it will open it's mouth and kinda insert the chopped up worms.
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    barf......I thought they needed a special formula or something. I saw something called Kaytee's Exact Hand Feeding formula maybe that will work.
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    I don't think morning doves eat worms
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    Originally posted by chris64
    I don't think morning doves eat worms

    I think you just don't want them to!

    Seriously though, good luck with those little cheepers! Many birds, raised from chicks, make very cool pets!

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    Originally posted by Knothead



    I think you just don't want them to!

    Seriously though, good luck with those little cheepers! Many birds, raised from chicks, make very cool pets!
    Yeah that might be it. Or maybe I don't want to cut them up. Yuck.

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    I hope they will accept food because they hatched about 10 days ago and the parents got eaten just today.
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    AG...an agway perhaps?

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    Does anyone know of anything readily available that I can feed them. I have a Petco really close by so I might pick up some hand feeding forumula if they are open on sundays.
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    Go over there. They will give you advice.
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    I posted awhile back about a hummingbird my cat gave a tonguebath to---I called the local animal shelter and they gave me a # for a woman that specalized in treating only hummingbirds---it survived successfully enough to be released---use your resources local to you, or start choppin bugs, seeds and worms QUICK---
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    Actually here it's called aggieville,and also a farmpro.The place we buy grain and salt,ect for the farm animals

    http://www.lionsgrip.com/babychix.html Here is some tips on chickens, will that help? I think it should basicly be the same.
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    Searched around the internet and found the info I need and my mom got some bird chick formula that they suggested at Petco(same one I was thinking of).

    TKOP i'm not to fond of chopping up bugs. There is a cat here that likes giving tongue baths. To bad he doesn't release them once their clean.

    Found some helpful info here>http://www.assa.asn.au/article3.htm
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    Dove bars?

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    There ya go!! Chicks love Dove bars.
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    Originally posted by M_Six
    There ya go!! Chicks love Dove bars.
    What kinda Chicks are you talking about.
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    Doves are considered game birds. It is illegal to raise them without a permit. Doves are basically the same as pigeons.

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    permit smermit.

    You can feed them insects. Worms and grubs are one things. Formula? Well, do you think that the momma dove breast fed them or gave them a bottle? lol.

    Anywhoo, if you are going to feed those baby doves, go out into a specialty store. Here in TX we find them everywhere, especially since we here folks are all country folks. Except me, I'm a city slicker, lol.

    Anyways, I've raised birds before and for pigeons, doves, you can actually go to a bait shop and chop up a couple of worms and feed them that, the'll survive. But if you want to make sure just go into a pet store and ask what feed you can get for them.

    even if you need a permit to raise them like CHuckie said, believe me, 9 out of 10 they won't care if they know you are just intending to raise them until they are ready to go free.

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    maybe this site would help
    http://www.petdoves.com/
    http://www.petdoves.com/petdoves/baby_birds.htm (more specifically)
    i didnt check it out much though
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