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Our doves have used their seed bowls as nesting cups, or in some cases with paper and odds and ends put together on the cage floor - the nest does not need to be anything fancy, just something that protects the eggs on the sides and helps to keep them warm (and allows the birds to sit, and get on and off the eggs without breaking them) - the acutal process of "nesting" is a result of the chemical changes (whether a male is present or not) inside the female dove, which is a genetic coding of the animal for reproduction (this chemical change in turn being signaled by the increased daylight hours, temperature change and a quiet enviornment) - so as long as a female (and the males can help too) engages in the act of making a nest, no actual real nest need exist for the egg laying, it is just a trigger mechanism - the acutal enviornmental temperature is not that great a factor (within reason) for the reporductive cycle, but more the age, genetic makeup, and what I like to call "internal desire for survival" of the mother and father - I am from Southern Ontario Canada and the climate is not always that friendly outside, yet it does not seem to hinder the egg laying and survival of our wild doves (my doves are kept indoors and we have had eggs hatch and baby's survive in winter) - currently I have about 15 doves and a good 60% of those are from our own dove's eggs - once they get the hang of laying fertilized eggs it is pretty hard to get them to stop - to test for a fertilized egg, holding them up to a bright light source is very effective - as others have mentioned in the initial stages it is a dot inside the egg with what looks like veins starting to spread out from the dot - later down the road the actual presence of the developing body ( and an increase in the weight of the egg) will be obvious - you should find pictures on the internet and books in the library that show what dot/veins in the egg look like, and once you see them for yourself you will know what to look for - obviously if in the 21 days the egg gets a small crack in it, the doves stop laying in it, or starts to turn blsck inside nothing is going to happen. Hope this helps.

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One final note - obviously - if a small crack starts to appear in the egg around 18 to 22 days it most likely is the chick starting to break free so do not throw out without checking:)

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Thank you,

I finally realized they were not fertile - and had two females . I now brought in two male doves, and have put too nests in avairy.


Now is just wating time....
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Question - why do you want your doves to produce eggs that hatch? - some doves take to this easy, and some never get the hang of it - there definitly is a "magical" quality to being part of an egg hatching and of the growth process of the young, but there is a lot of heart ache too - not all the babies survive (in fact I would say more don't than do), and for a number of different reasons - also if you get a bad mix of genes (do not intermix breed between the babies) a number of other problems can develop internal and external - I have found that there is no real great "magic" advantage of working with ones you hatch yourself and opposed to proper training of those you buy from a qualified breeder - it is your personality and taking time with your pets that make the difference - just interested.

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I had a pair of doves before that did laid eggs and they hatched and grew to mature doves, I would like for my kids to see the process now (of course carefully not interruting them), and I have built a very large aviary where I have space for more.

I am an animal lover!

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Then go for it - it can be a very rewarding experience - my daughter's dove "sam" (who was actually an accident while I was away - she did not get rid of the egg) is her favorite and loves in her room with her (he does not work shows) - she has had him from egg and they have a special bond - we actually have a dove named "smart" who was one of my first and he is (I am not kidding) over 30 years old - so enjoy!

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30 Years old! WOW now that is Amazing! - or maybe it' Magic!

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So, how are is that baby doing? Did you get any other eggs yet?
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Ok so got 2 males doves and about 2 weeks later had 2 dove babies
They are around 1.5 weeks old. I've noticed lice n mites on the mature
Doves.. is it ok if I wait until babies are grown to clean or spray other
Doves for lice and mites?
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