Doves won't stop breeding

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by thornydevil, Jul 13, 2016.

  1. thornydevil

    thornydevil Just Hatched

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    So I bought 2 ringneck doves female and male on April of this year and 2 weeks later female dove was sitting on 2 eggs which didn't hatch. 3 weeks later on may one more time female dove was sitting on 2 more eggs and those successfully hatched. Now on July 8, 2016 I saw 2 eggs on nest and dove sitting on them. Is that normal or should I remove the eggs. [​IMG]
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  2. loftkeeper

    loftkeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes cold weather will slow them down
     
  3. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    Some pigeon fanciers separate the sexes in two separate areas of the loft. There by regulating the amount of offspring they have.
     
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  4. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

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    Do not remove the eggs.. this is a big mistake many people make... because is will make the female lay more and more eggs and she will get sick from all the energy and nutrients in her body getting used up to make so many eggs.

    Splitting them up will be very stressful for them.. as they are very strongly pair bonding birds.

    The best thing to do, in my opinion, is replace the eggs with fake ones... you can use any small white ball or egg shaped thing, or even make you own from clay. I used small white plastic balls from a kids game.

    She will spend her time sitting on these fake eggs and be very happy. Eventually they will give up on them and start over again. At which point you just need to replace the real eggs with the fake ones again.
     
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  5. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    Some fanciers hard boil the parents eggs and replace them under the birds.
     
  6. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

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    Great idea.. but maybe they will go bad and smelly?
     
  7. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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