White doves feed primarily on seeds. Rocket Swag lists popcorn kernels, millet and sunflowers as particularly suitable. Grit in the form of crushed oyster and egg shells should be provided separately. Soft foods, such as cornbread and hard-boiled eggs, can be mixed into the seeds. The occasional bug, worm or green can be added to their diet as well. White doves can also eat different grains and wheat.Continue Reading
According to the American Dove Association, doves can be fed once a day with a wide variety of seeds as a selection with the expectation that the doves eventually learn to eat a balanced diet of seeds. The ADA advises scattering some seed in cages or pens to engage them during the day and keep them active searching for food, preventing them from becoming fat and under stimulated.
The ADA also recommends adding a drop of bleach into a gallon of water to prevent algae growth. Most doves also eat fruits and vegetables, some learning to enjoy rice, peanut butter and cheese. It is helpful to also supplement the diets of white doves with cod liver oil and brewer's yeast once a week. Their seed containers and water bowls must be kept clean and free of droppings.Learn more about Birds
If you find a fledgling or nestling bird, you should call or contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitation center. However, according to the Schuylkill Center, every attempt should be made to reunite the baby bird with its parents. Care for a baby bird depends on if it is in a fledgling or nestling stage. It is a myth that mother birds abandon birds touched by humans.Full Answer >
Mourning doves nest among the dense foliage of evergreen trees, certain deciduous species and vines. They may also build nests within artificial structures, such as the eaves and gutters of houses, or abandoned farm equipment. In the Western United States, it is common to find them nesting on the ground.Full Answer >
According to the United States Geological Survey, a group of doves is known as a dule, and a group of turtle doves is also known as a pitying. These collective nouns specifically describe groups of doves or turtle doves, though other words are suitable for describing three or more doves, including the words "group" or "flock."Full Answer >
Baby doves are fed crop milk, which is produced in both parent birds' crop glands. The feed is created during the cycle of incubation. However, not all birds are able to produce the grayish milk. To compensate, parents consume large amounts of seeds and water when they are off the nest and allow the mixture to soak in their crop for feeding purposes.Full Answer >