Mourning Doves have been incubating for more than 6 weeks - are they dead?

by BenW
(Toronto, Ontario)

I have been watching 2 Mourning Doves take turns incubating 2 eggs on my balcony for well over 6 weeks now. I am assuming they are dead, and yet the pair keep sharing the nesting duties.

What should I do? I am hoping to re-gain access to my balcony soon, to plant and enjoy the warming weather, but am hesitant to disturb the birds & eggs. Should I get rid of these "dud" eggs?

Comment
Hi Ben. You can read more about Mourning Doves, on this page of my site; Mourning Doves. Are you sure, it has been 6 weeks? One could candle them to see if there is a live embryo inside.
Keep us posted.
Susan

Comments for Mourning Doves have been incubating for more than 6 weeks - are they dead?

Click here to add your own comments

May 13, 2011
Still not hatching
by: BenW

Lisa,

It's now been 8 weeks. The two eggs still haven't hatched, but the birds keep taking turns sitting on them.

Should I just take the eggs away?

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to What Is This Bird?.



Coming Soon

Recent Articles

  1. shore bird in Vermont

    Aug 21, 17 01:54 PM

    long legged and sleek, brown with a white spotted neck front and breast, larger than a robin... feeding at the edge of the pond. It flew to a tree branch

    Read More

  2. Please, please, please

    Aug 21, 17 01:54 PM

    I keep hearing this bird that I don't remember ever hearing before. I can never get a look at it, but it sounds like it's saying please, please, please....

    Read More

  3. Human

    Aug 15, 17 04:51 PM

    Long Island, New York, August, blue-bird sized, brown-grey body, white head, white beak.

    Read More