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Vinnythemagician
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Is it possible for 2 females to make an egg?

I had a dove make an egg and 2 days later I saw another egg. The day after that the egg dissappeared. I find that very strange.
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Yes. Females do not need a male to lay eggs. Even a single female can lay eggs. A male and female will lay two eggs at a time within a few days of each other. Hard to explain why the egg disappeared unless your cage is outside and something like a snake got into it.
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I think they ate the egg. Is this abnormal?
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LMAO!!

That is not normal!
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On occasion, a dove will lay an egg with a shell softer than normal. This egg is easily broken and can be found stuck to the female doves belly or in fragments on the cage floor. Doves rarely eat their own eggs unless they are broken open.

When a female lays an egg without a male around this is an infertile egg and it will not hatch.
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Hi

I keep finding Eggs in the nests in My avairy, but after a while the Doves just leave them, am I doing something wrong?

I know I have males in there as I got 2 chicks a few months ago, but they both died after about 6 weeks?

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If you have several females in the aviary, they could be laying the eggs on their own. Females don't need males to lay eggs, they just won't be fertile. Sometimes, the nest are too exposed. Some doves like a little privacy. If you can relocate the nests to a more secluded portion of your aviary, it might help.
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Ok, I wil give it a go. Is there a fertile period for the doves, because I seem to keep finding more eggs, but they are just left?

Oh, I just ordered the Dove Trilogy from the Tony Clark Magic page too. This should help lots with the care and training right?
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Absolutely a good choice of vid to buy. Doves lay eggs all year long but there are periods that are more productive than others. It sounds like you have several females laying eggs. Typically the male will sit on the eggs from 10 AM to 4 PM and then the female takes over.
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The egg they layed are not fertilazied by the male. so the female can eat it because there is no baby in it.
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Soadfan, as Autumn mentioned earlier, dove rarely eat their own eggs. It's more likely that the dove kicked the egg out of the nest and possibly even out of the aviary. They might eat the shell for calcium but that would also be rare.
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A question for soadfan. Does it mean if the female eats the egg. There is no male in the cage?
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Vinny, as has been mentioned before, the doves will not eat their eggs in spite of what soadfan has said. They may eat the shell if the egg has been broken open. Egg shells are a good source of calcium but they won't attack an egg just to eat it. A female will lay an egg whether a male is present or not. If the male and female have not mated, the egg will not be fertile. Just because there is a male and a female in the cage, doesn't mean they will mate.
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I noticed that the doves didn't actually eat the eggs but, were hidden in the corner of the cage under the newspaper. Are they eggs still good since the doves didn't sit on them.
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Vinny, dove eggs need warmth, just like any other egg. It's been 12 days since you posted the question so they absolutely are not good. The doves will leave the eggs uncovered for very short periods of time in a nest. They know how to control the temperature. If it gets too warm, they'll get off of them and return shortly. Constant temperature is important.

This sounds like your doves are very young and if that's the case, they may not be ready to properly care for their eggs. They will lay them and then not know what to do. They may even, as in your case, kick them out of the nest.
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Didn't want to start a new thread so hear goes:

Is there an age that doves have to be before they can lay eggs?

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I've had doves lay eggs as young as 4 months. The chances of the eggs being fertile at that age are almost zero. Even if they were, the doves would be too young to raise the little ones and they wouldn't survive.
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Thanks Dave.

If I allow the egg to hatch, how long before I can take the babies away from the mother?

Also what do you guys do with the egg when you take it away??

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Durgy, when you take the egg away, you just throw it out.

If you allow the eggs to hatch, you can take the youngling away when the adults stop feeding it and it begins to eat on its own...usually about a month (I could be off a week or two on that one). Normally you will know because the youngling is almost full feathered, and it will begin to perch and jump around like the adult birds. The only part of the dove that may not be fully feathered is the beak area.
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Under the wings is also a slow feathering area. If your dove lays eggs, wait about 21 days. If they haven't hatched, they most likely are not fertile. The babies will pester the parents for food even after they know how to feed themselves. You'll see the parents ignoring them.

You don't have to remove them from the mother unless your Café is too small to house them all. If you have a large cage or aviary, just leave them alone and they'll be fine.
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