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Hi,

A dove took shelter in my home, built small nest on its own and it laid eggs. The mother dove was taking care of its two child doves for around 2 weeks. After 1 to 2 weeks, mother dove flew from them but used to visit and feed its young ones. I found that mother dove stopped visiting and found 2 small doves died almost exactly the same day. The wings were developed partially. I am sure that they did not die due to food shortage. Can you please give some idea what might have caused their death.

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Hi Amtry
  The mortality rate of fledgling birds is very high and they are completely dependent upon maternal care. The young birds do have a high metabolic rate and need constant feeding.  Doves are fed a liquid diet of pre digested food from the mother and she could have  not been feeding them enough during her visits. If lack of proper feeding is not the answer I am afraid that the real answer is impossible to determine.
 It is quite possible that the failure of the other to return could be because she was killed by a predator

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