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Topic: Eggs - and sitting on them ...
Message: Posted by: BalukMagic (Feb 22, 2007 07:10PM)
Hey guys,

Third pair, this year, of eggs laid just now. First that did not crack. Well I moved them to a "nest" in the corner of the bottom of the cage. Sometimes the doves will stay there for hours and then just leave. If I put my hand inside the cage, sometimes they will walk towards the eggs, to protect them.

A lot of the time however, they will just stand 2 or 3 inches away from the eggs and stare. (both the female and male at the same time) They won't lay on them.

What's the best thing to do?

Posted: Feb 22, 2007 9:59pm
PS- Has anyone ever used incubators?
Message: Posted by: Spellbinder (Feb 23, 2007 03:59PM)
Try sitting on them yourself so they get the idea.

Just kidding! Give them time. Eventually they'll figure it out and you'll have more baby doves than you wanted.
Message: Posted by: BalukMagic (Feb 23, 2007 07:46PM)
They have already laid eggs and hatched them before.
Message: Posted by: 1906Alpha1906 (Feb 24, 2007 08:04AM)
Baluk, its a possibility the eggs are not fertile, or there is something else wrong with them. just let them be for a little while, and if after a few days nothing happens, then just discard them. If the weather is warmer where you are, they may not need to sit on them during the day, and are maybe doing it at night when its cooler, and you're sleeping. ya just never know sometimes....

On a different but related topic...Rabbits do this too! During the day, the momma rabbit will not go near the babies, and this is only to protect them from predators. They stay clear of the young ones so that if a predator comes by, it will only see the Momma and go after her and not the young ones. Rabbits feed late at night when no one is looking. I know doves Don't do this, but if they are warm enough without being sat on, then they won't .....perfect temperature readings they have....
Message: Posted by: Autumn Morning Star (Feb 24, 2007 04:33PM)
Great advice, Alpha. As for incubators, dove eggs rarely do well in an incubator. They are just too fragile and if they hatch the parents will usually reject them. Tube feeding new hatchlings has a high mortality rate. This is because the first few days of "dove milk" the mother and father feed them is vital to their survival.

I wish I had better news, but doves are very instinctive. If those eggs were good, they would be setting on the eggs.

I have a suggestion: For your next batch of eggs, start giving your birds a calcium supplement daily with their food to make the eggshell stronger. Then get a "strainer nest" (it looks like a small food strainer) at the pet store. (I usually cram a circle of hay in the nest before I let the doves set, for stability of the babies legs. Doves are not the best nest builders. This nest and hay will make it easier for the parents to hatch the eggs and foster the young successfully.
Message: Posted by: BalukMagic (Feb 24, 2007 07:40PM)
6 eggs in total.
They are living indoors - temperature constant daily.
They have been sitting on them almost non-stop now.
Everyone once in a while one gets off and some time later
a new one goes on.

I think two females are going in intervals. (not male/female)
Not 100% though. However, It seems like atleast the last 4 eggs
may hatch (and maybe not the first two)

I'm pretty sure they are fertile as I saw them..... yea. lol

Um. How long can the eggs go for and not "expire" without any added heat?

Thanks.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Feb 25, 2007 11:55AM)
If you have more than two eggs, it may be better if you identify and separate the pairs into cages together.

It's hardly rare for a pair doves to fail with their first nest together. Recycle time is FAST! Hang in there.

Bob Sanders
Magic By Sander