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paradize
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Hi Dove Lovers,

I have a male and female dove in a cage. The female laid her eggs first time in pair and broke it. The male was seen sitting on the eggs before the egg breaking ceremony. ahaha- 1st Clutch.
Now she has laid eggs again on the cage floor. - 2nd Clutch.
I built a nest box and put shredded paper in it, and put the 2 eggs in it.
I carried the female dove and put her inside the nest box. She sat there for a while and after an hour came down and sit in her normal place where she laid the eggs.cage extreme ground floor.

I have parrots and didn't had any problems making the parents tune to the nest box and sitting on egg process. Any advise from you guys?
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It sometimes takes a few clutches for the doves to get the idea of what to do. Moving the eggs really isn't a good idea. If you want to raise the doves, keep the nest in the cage. They'll get the idea and lay the eggs in the nest.
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paradize
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Thanks Dave BUT, I put a round container in the cage bottom.
So far no progress of the doves going in. Mmmm...The female has start to pluck newspaper and put it under its body and sit in the cage bottom but not in the container which has her 2 eggs.
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She most likely will not move to the eggs. You created a nest. (what did you use as nesting material?)Then you moved the eggs. If the parents aren't sitting on them most of the time, they most likely are not going to hatch. Carefully pick up one of the eggs. If it is warm, then you have a chance but if it is cold, they will not hatch. Remove the eggs and clean the nest putting in new material. If she's looking to lay another clutch, she will get the idea to sit in the nest.

You mentioned newspaper. I hope you don't have your cage bottom lined with newspapers. The ink will come off onto your doves and they will begin to look very dirty. You should use white or brown kraft/butcher paper. Paper towels will also work. Or you can use nothing. It just takes a little more time to clean up.
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Paper towels??? I never thought of that, I've been using butcher paper but paper towels is a nice substitute....thanks for sharing Dave.

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I bought some packed coconut husk designed for nesting from a local bird shop and have put the eggs on top of the husk, which are all in a container.
The male has pushed one egg of the container and **** on it.Oh My.
Then he sits on the another egg which is in the container. The female is sitting at the bottom of the cage most of the time.
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I have 2 doves, this year I must have had about 20 eggs from them, is this natural.
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Wally, yes this is a normal function. Younger doves lay eggs more frequently. Actually, 20 isn't a very large number at all. If you are destroying the eggs, they will lay more quickly than if you let them hatch.
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Paradize, do you have a watch? If not you can tell the time twice a day just by watching your doves. The male will sit on the eggs from 10AM to 4 PM and then the female will sit on them from 4 until 10 AM. You can set your watch by it. Somehow they know what time it is.
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True Chan! Its time organized parenting! Super awesome...Anyways, don't forget about the Toucan!
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