Dove chicks – remove or leave?

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Wendy, That’s probably the best thing to do.  And I agree about the difficulty of watching sometimes.  The live one does look fine, though. 

Good luck!  I hope the parents are still feeding it and that it does okay.  By the way, the parents are likely to remove the dead chick, if they haven’t already.  But I don’t see any reason you shouldn’t if you want to.  Be careful that it’s really dead, though.  I’m not sure about this species, but some birds eggs hatch a couple days apart, and because the development is so rapid, two babies can look very different.  One might have feathers and the other doesn’t, for example.  Tom

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