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Can 2 female ringneck doves raise babies?

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by loveydovey, Mar 18, 2016.

  1. loveydovey

    loveydovey Hatching

    Mar 18, 2016
    My sister has 2 female ringnecks who have relentlessly tried to make babies for the past 2 years. She wants to get an egg or 2 for them to raise. My concern is about the crop milk, and if the females naturally produce crop milk from hormonal changes after laying eggs or if it is triggered by successful mating between male and females. If these females can raise babies, where would I be able to find eggs? Thanks!

  2. nchls school

    nchls school Songster

    Apr 22, 2015
    Yes. Two females (two males) can raise chicks if given fertile eggs. If they cooperate with each other and brood day and night.
  3. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Crowing

    Dec 6, 2012
    New Brunswick,Canada
    I have had lesbian pigeons successfully incubate fertile eggs and raise squabs as foster parents. I also had the same pair mate with cock birds and lay 4 fertilized in the lesbian nest. I took one egg out of the nest and fostered it out to another pair and they both raised 3 squabs to adult hood.
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2016

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