by Lisa Pecchenino
Resident Kristy Jones spotted something on the ground that looked a little odd while out in her back yard picking up debris left behind by the 60 mph winds that evening.
“At first I wasn’t sure what it was,” Kristy shared, “so I nudged it with my toe and to my surprise a little wing quivered.”
Kristy and her family researched online and believe that “Lil Chirp” is a dove. They also learned that it is very difficult to help a little critter in need.
For the first 10-14 days of its life a dove will be brooded by its parents, so a rescued one needs a gentle source of heat.
And if you thought you could feed the little guy worms, you’d be wrong. Baby doves eat dove’s milk that the mother regurgitates to feed her young. A baby dove will put its gaping beak inside the parent’s mouth while the parent pumps its crop contents into the babies mouth.
Dove’s milk is nothing like dairy milk. Never give a baby bird dairy milk they can’t digest it. If you think making a substitute for dove’s milk is easy, think again. Not only do you have to find a substitute, but also you all so have to make certain that the bird is warm before eating and the food temperature is at 39 degrees Centigrade, that is a bit warmer than our body heat. Otherwise it won’t be able to digest the food and feeding could kill it. And just like a newborn, this baby must be feed every two hours.
So you can see how difficult it would be to undergo such an endeavor. Kristy gave it her all and the next day Lil Chirp went off to his temporary home at the Bird Center.
When possible it is allways suggested that you contact your local wild life rescue whenever dealing with wild animals. All wild life no matter how small should be taken to a sanctuary as soon as possible where he/she will be able to mix with there kind, recover, and be released again into the wild.
If you find a fledgling bird
or a bird in distress, in Ada County you can contact the Ruth
Melichar Bird Center, located at 4650 N. 36 Street, Boise, call
208-338-0897, or the AIDA
Hot Line at 208-367-1026. Other wildlife and animal rescue
information can be found at
Idaho Wildlife Rehabilitators, www.RescueShelter.com.