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My doves just laid their first egg a few hours ago and I am very excited. My concern is that the not one of the doves are trying to sit on the egg or so it seems. Are there any other ways I can make sure this egg hatches if the parents do decide to neglect the egg?
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Hi,

Is the egg in any type of nesting bowl or box? Our doves like to nest in their seed bowls which are about 4 inches across and an inch and a half high. Putting it into a bowl or nest box can help them decide to sit on them.

Many of the eggs our doves have laid never hatched for one reason or another including the adults breaking them or ignoring them.

If they do hatch, there can also be problems. The adults may not feed them, the male might attack them, the larger could starve out the smaller of two, splay leg can make it impossible for the dove to perch and so on.

Once they start laying though, it can become a regular event. So, if they choose not to look after this egg, you can almost count on there being more in the future.

Often, we get so many eggs, that we throw them out. It can be quite difficult to get rid of birds when you don't ship them so we choose not to raise any more than the 12 we have.

Good luck with yours!

Rob
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1. How old are the parents?Young birds can lay eggs but don't know yet what to do.
2. Are you sure you have a male and a female? Females will lay infertile eggs
3. Dove eggs have to be kept at a certain temperature. Often the parents will leave the eggs untouched for a bit to control the heat.
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Dave, one dove I had for almost two years and the other dove I've had for a year. I am not sure if they are a heterosexual pair I hope though. What temperature should the egg be kept at, just in case it is fertile?
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They are old enough to take care of the eggs. You can't control the temperature so don't worry about that. They will sit on the egg and get it to the right temperature. They instinctively know. when they get too warm, they'll leave the egg for a bit.
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So I should let them do what they need to do.
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The problem now is getting the doves to sit on the egg. They aren't sitting on it. Can I put food in the nest to attract the parents or should I just leave them alone and let them do as they wish?
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You must leave them alone. If you are sure they are not sitting on the egg at all, then it is probably not fertile. If this is the first egg they have laid, they may not know exactly what to do. It's a trial and error for them.

Doves lay eggs in pairs. Don't do anything with this first egg. Wait and see if they lay another one in a day or so and see if they take care of that one.
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Thanks. When I saw the egg I was a little disappointed that they didn't lay two at the same time. I hope they will lay another one in a week or so.
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If they are male and female, there won't be a week between the two eggs. It is usually not more than a day apart.
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That's a great sign because my doves just laid their second egg! There seems to be a brown line going vertical on each egg, is that a bloodmark or where the doves pooped on it? The mark is a constant and the same on both eggs.
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Thanks for all the advice!
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Some eggs are white, some are tan, some change color a little and some have markings on them. It's like Forrest Gump said "it's like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get"

Keep us posted if the doves start sitting on the nest.
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Sure will. I am estimating it to be 21 and 20 days before the eggs start hatching respectively
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They already laid a third egg at around 5:00 pm today!
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Sorry to break this to you but you have two females. These eggs will not hatch. Male and female doves only lay two at a time. I wouldn't be surprised if another egg comes along very soon.
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Dang, thanks Dave.
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I had this exact same thing when I first got my doves. I was really excited when I saw the first egg, then there was another. After about a week the dove that laid them started to leave the eggs for long periods of time and I got really sad because I thought that this meant the eggs were not going to hatch. With thanks to Dave here on the Café, I soon found out that they were of course not fertilised and the two doves were in fact female, as the two eggs suddenly became four!

I now have four doves together and there are six eggs in one of the nests and the poor birds take it in turns to sit on all six eggs! They have to do a funny move to get them all tucked underneath them and you can't helkp but feel sorry for them as they will never hatch.
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But the strange thing is, the doves had their first two eggs a day apart, then the evening that they laid the third egg was the day they laid their second egg. I'm wondering why they didn't lay a fourth egg!?
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Just wait another day or two!
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