how to clean a dove bird

Here are our tips for cleaning your dove:

Start with the bird lying wings down, breast up. If you’re in the field, a tailgate is a great place to start your cleaning process. Because all those feathers can get a little messy, you can also use an outside table!

Using both thumbs, gently separate the dove’s feathers in the center until the red breast is visible.

Next, carefully remove the skin from both sides of the breast.

Using your finger, tug at the breast’s base.

Next, remove the breast from one of the wings with a pair of sharp scissors.

Repeat this on all the doves you have harvested. Once every bird has been breasted out, give them a quick rinse to get rid of any loose feathers.

For a few hours, submerge them in a bowl of salted ice water. After rinsing, put them in freezer bags for later use or get ready for dinner.


  • 6 slices bacon
  • 15 dove breasts
  • 6 large jalapeno peppers
  • Moores Marinade
  • Cream cheese
  • 2 Gringos Seasoning


Wrap the dove in bacon and stuff it with cream cheese and jalapeños. Grill or bake. And yum….

Grab the breast firmly with your pointer finger at the top of the breast bone. Securing a firm grip on the bird’s body, rotate the breast around its wing bones and raise it up and away from the body until the breast is attached only by the joints of its wings. Peel the skin back from the breast at both ends. Take hold of the body with one hand and the breast firmly with the other. Break the wing joints loose and twist the breast to remove it.

With the bird’s head between your fingers and its tail at your wrist, grasp it on its back. Determine the two ends of the breast bone in the image above, which are indicated by the red dots. Press firmly with your thumb under the tip of the breast bone until it emerges into the body cavity. To get to the other end of the breast bone, fully extend your thumb.


How do you take care of a wild dove?

Doves enjoy a range of foods, including pelleted food, vegetables, fruits, and the occasional treat. Doves should always have access to fresh, clean water. Pet parents should never share food from their mouths or plates with their dove. Human mouths have microorganisms that can cause illness in birds.