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Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Highland Rim of TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

January 28, 2012
3:46 AM

Post #8985048

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

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ChicagoKristy
Hannibal, MO
(Zone 5a)

August 8, 2012
6:17 PM

Post #9234947

I am a brand new gardener and with the early, hot spring we had here in Missouri, I had a hanging plant on my porch in March. Much to my surprise and delight, a dove made her nest and had 2 babies. I was sad to see them fly away,but so tickled they were healthy. Much to my surprise, and even after moving the planter, I am now on the 4th nest, 8 babies born in all- and I just love watching them!!! Any advise on good food for them or shelter when it gets chilly? I have done a little research and understand they don't typically like bird feeders that are hung up.

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Highland Rim of TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

August 19, 2012
6:53 AM

Post #9246378

Doves are ground feeders. They like to eat their food from off the ground. Just about any birdseed, millet, cracked corn, hulled sunflower seeds, safflower ... just about anything, I think, Just scatter the seed on the ground or put the food in a pan on the ground. They will usually find their own shelter. I am not sure about nests for them. I've never had dove nests. :)
ChicagoKristy
Hannibal, MO
(Zone 5a)

August 20, 2012
8:57 AM

Post #9247577

Thanks! Just last night another egg hatched. I made a make-shift feeder out of a plant stand right below the nest so she didn't have to go very far to feed. Only drawback to that is there is a few 4-legged critters that like to eat from it also, but they have to eat too!! I just have to keep filling it. I just love watching her interact with the babies and daddy bird.

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Highland Rim of TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

August 21, 2012
5:33 AM

Post #9248641

Lovely! Can you get any photos?

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