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Date:10/1/2014 1:50:56 AM
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Hi Ruby
If the dove is not native to the US or to your state, it isn't protected by the federal migratory bird laws, and should not be released. Your folks would have to find a sanctuary for it, or... It would be fine for your folks to keep it, with a few things in mind: doves are ground foragers, so keep its seed and grit close to the ground. You see correctly, this animal should eat pigeon/dove food (Kaytee has a blend we use) and grit in a low, flat food dish. They eat seeds whole, so need the grit to break up their food. They also use their beaks like straws, so should have a deep water dish, at least an inch. If you are caging it, make flat places for it to perch, shelves, or flat perches out of maybe inch wide wood. Is it the size of a mourning dove or larger? Or is it small, like diamond doves are? Just curious. Let us know what you are going to do. Hugs, Falco
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