Hi again, it's me with the Ports. I may have mentioned this in previous posts, but due to a mistake on my supplier's end, I ended up with three hens and one cock. Technically, the cock is paired with a specific hen, but he does naughty things with all of them. All three hens have been on eggs for a few weeks. I'm not sure exactly when it hatched, but the "official" pair hatched a squab. Super cute, tame little thing, but about two weeks later (July 10), one of the other hens hatched two squabs. By this time, the parents of the older squab were still feeding it and taking very good care of it. The "single mother" with the two squabs seemed to be getting on fine, even without a mate. That was a few days ago. Just yesterday, the older squab finished feathering out and could walk (picture below from just a day or two before he left the nest). He jumped down from his nesting box and has been pestering the single hen and her squabs, just because he wants the attention. The parents of this older squab would get all fiery and, to be honest, there have been so many scuffles in that box with the two young squabs I'm surprised they've made as long as they have. I haven't moved the nest because I'm afraid the single hen will abandon the babies. But today I'm pretty sure the parents of the older squab just abandoned their squab, simply because they thought it could fend for itself by now. It wasn't at all happy about this and after "crying " and squeaking for some time, it gave up and tried to eat some of the adult food. I'm not entirely sure, but I think that it's about 2 and a half weeks old, maybe a little older. The big problem is that tonight, this older squab squeezed in with the two younger ones, and the single mother hen let it and actually was protecting it when I removed it from the nest. This isn't her baby and I want it to actually grow up. I'm also concerned that it might hog her crop milk, like a cuckoo chick. I would be heartbroken to lose her two little squabs now, after they've been through so much. So here are my questions: 1. Is 2 and a half weeks (give or take) a normal age for the parents to abandon their squab? This little guy just didn't seem very prepared. 2. Would it detrimental for the younger squabs if their mother also cared for this older squab to some degree? It's so big, it seemed to be pushing her babies away from her some, but they weren't too far. And they are a week old tomorrow. Any help would be great! Next time, I'm going to be a little more particular about which pigeons hatch eggs and when they do it, but until then, I have to resolve this problem. Thanks!