To try to continue where we left off....
The place where the tank is has got very boggy with all the rain we've had, you can see how my foot sank in - not a nice place for a sweet little dove to end up in!
Faith3, the poorly one who I thought would die, is still alive and hopefully getting better. I have been taking her out a few times a day to give her little sippers from a shot glass. She didn’t drink very much in the beginning, but now seems to take more. She is dreadfully thin though, with her breastbone sticking out in a way I have never seen before.
|Thin dove, breastbone showing|
Faith is doing ok though. She comes out of the closed in part, and sits on the slope in the sun. It occured to me that maybe I ought to wash her nether regions as she has constant diarrhoea. I found her underneath parts very clogged up indeed, so since then I have made sure they are as clean as possible. I don't want to attract flies to her, specially when the weather is warm.
|Dove's cloaca (bit messy due to diarrohea)|
Tuesday – Uneventful dovie day but the first time since end of May I think that Fennie has not spent the night here. I missed him in his little place under the gutter. Lizzy2 put herself to bed in the cote as she has been doing. She’s a canny little thing, sticking close to her daddy Sky in the daytime. She didn't seem to miss Pip, but I felt his missing presence in the cote dreadfully.
Wed 25th- Fennie was there for the morning feed! I think we can say he has made a full recovery. He's certainly in there quickly when the peanut treats are thrown!
Thurs – We have a family wedding to go to on Saturday, and I feel I will have no alternative but to keep Happy in from when he comes to sit on the eggs at lunchtime on Friday, as, if I let him out, he won’t be able to get in to sit on the eggs the following day. I don’t want to do this, but I can’t think of any other way round the problem.
Sat 28th – Happy was not happy he couldn’t get out this morning, but we had to set off early to avoid potential delays due to the roads around being used for the Olympic cycle route so having left my neighbour written instructions on what to do in all eventualities, and if she feels confident to let Happy out... we set off, and I had to leave the dovies to it. I always worry and stress about the doves when I have to leave them, but then I do get wrapped up in the moment and forget about them, so obviously I enjoyed my nephew’s wedding and we were blessed with a beautiful summer’s day for it. I was home by 7pm and A, my neighbour, had let Happy out and on checking my phone I realised she had kindly sent me two progress report texts which I had missed as too busy enjoying myself at the wedding.
And later I managed to get a photo of the new baby, and as yet unhatched egg. This is unusual as the doves rarely leave such a new baby unattended.
|Newly hatched dove and unhatched sibling egg|
|See small piece of shell on the right - I was so surprised!|
|Flightless dove with her new baby squab - less than a day old!|
I caught and confined him, but he just wouldn’t settle......
....and I decided that I couldn’t keep him in the hospital with Faith, as that wouldn’t be good for her, and mainly I didn’t want to bring paramyxo so close to the hutch and Jose’s new baby – so I fed him manually with peanuts and grain, which he accepted quite well and then set him free. He was around again the next day, and again I was able to trap him in the net, and fed him again before releasing him. I haven’t seen him since, which is a shame, but I just can’t be a one woman bird sanctuary and help all the poorly ones – it is just too exhausting and I have so much else to do!
And a close up
Faith3 is living her little routine of spending the night in Jose’s crate in the conservatory, and then going out in to the hospital by day. She is dreadfully thin, and still has the runs, but I have hopes still that she might recover. Sometimes she has a little walk around outside the hospital - she looks ok, but she can't fly.
|Jose, can I pleeeease see the baby?|
And a close up!
|White dove squab about 5 days old - beginning to open eyes|
|Squab - about 6 days old, cuddles unhatched egg!|
And Sky and Summer's squabs are now about 10 days old, and beginning to get spiky little white feathers. Their names are Spring and Autumn. I am no longer seeing their older brother or sister, Olympia, but Lizzy2 is here every day, though no longer sleeping in the cote.
The white kitchen paper in the front of the nestbox is my new idea for keeping the cote clean. Yesterday I put one in, and the babes pooped all over it, I removed it, and replaced - job done! Unless it gets scrumpled up by the parents' feet,it should work well.
Updates on all my babies soon!.... to be cont.