HELP! Dove Laid Egg On Porch - What Do We Do!?

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by Nifty-Chicken, Mar 11, 2008.

  1. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator

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    My wife got back from picking up our girls from pre-school and there was a dove sitting on our porch. They were watching it wondering why it was there and not flying away when all of a sudden... PLOP, it laid an egg right in front of them!?!?

    So, what do we do? We know where their next is, should we pick up the egg with gloves and set it in the nest?

    Should we try to incubate it?
     
  2. Stormhorse23

    Stormhorse23 Songster

    Aug 22, 2007
    Indiana
    I would incubate it! [​IMG]
     
  3. Barnyard

    Barnyard Addicted to Quack

    Aug 5, 2007
    Southwest Georgia
    I would wonder why she laid it on the porch and not in her nest!! If It was me I would try to put it back, but then she may not take it and push it out of the nest! [​IMG] Hard choice!
     
  4. lacyloo

    lacyloo Cooped Up

    May 26, 2007
    north florida
    I would put it in the nest, wait 30 mins and if she dont go back to it, then...... incubate it [​IMG]
     
  5. SamG347

    SamG347 Songster

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    You dont need to wear cloves to place eggs in nest. Birds have a very poor sense of smell so they will incubate the egg/brood the chick no matter if you touched it with gloves or not. I would place it back in the nest...or try to find a wildlife rehabilitator close by who incubates eggs.
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  6. newnanchic

    newnanchic Songster

    Jan 3, 2008
    Newnan, Georgia
    Put it under a hen??? Would that work???
     
  7. S n M Poultry

    S n M Poultry Songster

    Aug 31, 2007
    Riverside,CA
    Quote:Shes giving you the egg for letting her have her nest in you tree [​IMG]
     
  8. theOEGBman

    theOEGBman Songster

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    Rob,

    Remember that if you do try to incubate it, you will have to handfeed it, which can be a hassle. I'd say try to put it in the nest, but if she tosses it, she tosses it. Not all eggs are meant to live. [​IMG]
     
  9. ChicknThief

    ChicknThief Songster

    Jan 12, 2008
    Nor Cal
    WHOA!! How cool! Is it normal for there to be so much blood on the egg???
     

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