Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Baby Dove Update Number 6

I uncovered the bird cages one morning and was amazed to see that the 16 day old baby doves in nest #1 were perching with their parents and no longer occupying their nest. On the very next day, I saw them picking up seed off the floor of the cage. When I said that they grow rapidly, I really meant it!:

The two 16 day old babies from nest #1 are developing lovely pied coloration, though with with two different shades of brown. They are going to be stunning:

Here they are on their perch:

And in hand:

And now on to nest #2. The older, 14 day old baby is also becoming a pied, though with more delicate shading. The younger, 13 day old baby is apparently a true albino but appears to be healthy:

At 13 and 14 days of age they still have that homely squab look to them. I'm counting on them developing into lovely, graceful doves so that I can find them good homes:

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