HOW TO PREVENT A BIRD FROM BEING INJURED IN ITS CAGE?
Doves make excellent pets for those who wish to own one. They are beautiful, charming, and easy to care for. These birds tend to reproduce easily in captivity, which encourages their choice as a pet for young and old bird lovers.
If you are starting to adopt doves as pets, keep reading to find out those things worth knowing and thus be ready to help your "pigeon" and learn how to act when necessary.
How To Prevent A Bird From Being Injured In Its Cage?
Keep in mind that living a life in captivity is often stressful for caged birds. For your benefit, you are denying it its natural right to fly.
Not offering the minimum quality of life conditions to a caged bird can stimulate anxiety and cause the bird to repeatedly raise and lower its head, peck at the bars of the cage, or even collapse from stress, plucking its feathers, mutilating itself, sometimes to death.
While ring-necked doves do not typically display the funny pranks of other bird species, they do have charming personalities and, with due care, can offer their owners many years of entertainment, love, and companionship.
Ring-necked doves can be kept indoors or outdoors. To prevent a bird from getting hurt in its cage:
A single dove requires an interior cage at least 24 inches square and 30 inches high, although bigger is always better.
- If you are lifting a pair of pigeons, an indoor flight cage 62 inches tall by approximately 32 inches square is suitable.
- As doves spend much time on the ground, they need the cage to have a bottom without wires; it is the best.
- If you keep more than two birds, it is recommended that the aviary provide approximately 4 square feet of floor space for each bird.
- Equip the cage with a pair of perches to encourage flying between them.
If you want to keep them in a more suitable outdoor habitat, a custom aviary is the best option. Just make sure it is sturdy enough to keep predators out and shelter to protect the birds from changes in the weather. Doves need considerable exposure to ultraviolet light provided by direct sunlight.
Like many species of birds, ring-necked doves share breeding duties and often even mate for life. If you keep it indoors alone, you should allow its free-flight time outside the cage to interact with its human caretakers. This bird does not require many toys, but a few swings and mirrors placed minimally inside the cage are a good idea.
Everything You Need to Know to Act and Help Your Dove When Required!
We will explain this to you in more detail in another of our articles. But if you observe injury, look for any deformities, unusual wing positions, or lameness. The basics you should visually check:
- Eyes: they should be open and bright.
- Feathers: lack of feathers may indicate an underlying wound.
- Posture: weak birds will sit.
- Cuts and Wounds
Try to get yourself a First Aid Kit. Some standard things you can consider helping your pet:
- To glue wings: 1 roll of microspores, or 1 inch or Vet Wrap.
- To cover snapping peaks: 1 roll of masking tape.
- To heal open wounds: 1 bottle of antiseptic powder or liquid such as Savlon liquid or 1% hydrogen peroxide.
We are a small-scale local dove breeder based in Long Island, Nassau County. We're 15 minutes away from New York City, the Queens area. We run our small dove farming business from our backyard, which means we sell doves that we have raised without intermediaries since they were babies.
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