A simple guide to a Dove’s wellbeing…
There are several common health problems that Doves can experience over their life. Some are more serious than others so as a matter of caution it’s important to keep an eye on them. This is a quick overview of a few common problems, for more information seek advice from a dedicated website/ blog or consult with a Vet.
As with any animals, health prevention is the best cure and it’s unlikely that your doves will have any health problems if they are housed correctly in dry clean conditions. Periodically, the dove compartments need to be scoured to remove detritus, which could promote the spread of disease among the birds. If you are buying new birds its sometimes best to keep them away from your own birds for a short time this gives you the chance to see if they are all well.
All doves and pigeons will have lice, fleas or red mite, however, if your bird looks a little off colour, then this is one of the first things you should look for. Lice live on the bird and do very little harm, fleas and red mite can live on and off the bird and feed on the blood and these can cause more harm and in worse scenarios lead to death. Parasites are introduced to the doves by wild birds so it cannot be avoided. The best way to deal with them is a regular spray of Johnson’s anti-mite will do the job. As well as the birds the nest box should also be sprayed.
These are spread by wild birds, tape and hairworm or possibly from new doves that have been introduced. As there are no signs of a worm infestation until it’s too late we would recommend that you try to de-worm regularly. Garlic can also be effective as a natural remedy, this can be done by boiling a few cloves of crushed Garlic into a pan and then allow it to cool. It can then be put into the bird’s drinker for them to drink. It should be removed after a day and do this once a week.