Please, tell me what's best to do
I discovered my dove couple roosting in the base of a plastic container, which held an expired poinsettia, on my potting bench just outside my patio door on a balcony at least fourteen feet from the ground.
I do not want to destroy this nest or ruin these eggs over which Mama and Pappa have brooded, but I cannot allow Mr and Mrs. Dove to continue returning to this balcony corner to nest after this batch of eggs hatch.
It seems to me that it would be better to capture both on the nest in the container at night and move them to a place under a bush in the garden below before the eggs hatch?
Will they abandon their nest if I do it this way?
How do dove chicks fledge? Do they remain in the nest until they are ready to fly? I do not want them returning to the balcony to visit.
How can I discourage this couple from continuing to return to this balcony? I live in an apartment building that does not allow bird feeders on balconies, So I'm sure they wouldn't condone roosting doves.
Thank you for telling me what is best to do.Comment
The doves chose your balcony likely because it is protected from the weather and enemies, such as cats and squirrels. If you move it, the eggs will likely be eaten by a predator.
If possible why not watch the wonders of nature and see if the eggs hatch and the chicks survive.
Then you could move the 'nest box' so they won't return again.
Mourning doves are devoted parents to their young, who are blind and helpless at hatching - until they are fledged at 13 to 14 days. The male broods 8 hours a day, and the female the rest of the time. The babies are fed on milk by both parents, who pump the secretion into the young birds. Then they are fed worms, seeds, and insects