A Picture of Mourning Dove Chicks
Yesterday, G and I were heading out to a movie and dinner (our belated Valentine's Day) and G stopped in the middle of the driveway and pointed down to the ground. "It's a chick," he said. And it was. It was a Mourning Dove day old chick just lying there all by itself and it was alive. I didn't know it was a Mourning Dove chick at the time. I thought it was some kind of mutant alien chick, actually. Uuuugggllllyyy! Something definitely only a Mother would love. But, I scooped him up and ran in the house to find a box and something to keep him warm. We were already late so we skidaddled.
The little guy lived through the night on a heating pad.
Well, this morning I got up early and began some research on the computer.
The original nest had been in a tree next to the house so I went out to investigate what might have happened. Turns out the whole nest had pretty much disintegrated from the rain.
In my research, I discovered that I could remake a nest and place it in the same area and the parents would probably return to use it. So, that is what I did. I had some wire fencing that I molded into a nest holder and filled it up with hay and straw. I put it up in the tree and secured it hoping for the best. The parents were around watching everything. I had high hopes that I would be able to place the chick in the nest and have the parents come back and tend to it.
And, then I biffed up big time. I came in and did some more research and read that I could use a heat lamp to keep the chick warm. So I set the little guy up with a heating lamp (the one I used for the chickens when they first arrived). I must have placed the lamp too close because when I came back into the room he had crawled into a corner and was panting. I immediately lifted the lamp much higher and placed him back into the center. I thought I had caught him on time but I think the damage had been done.
I then ran to the store to pick up some Gerber baby cereal to feed the little guy. I mixed it all up and got the little syringe filled up and came downstairs to try to feed him.
I knew it as soon as I touched him. He was gone. I feel soooo bad. If I would have left him on the heating pad in the blankets he probably would have been just fine.
Not feeling real magickal right at the moment. Dang it.