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I feel so awful

I think I may have killed two little baby doves, unwittingly..(nice word for saying i"m a dumb*ss ) We have this mama Mourning dove that has nested on our bedroom window for 2 years, she lays her eggs in March, me and my dh always peek at her from the curtain really carefully and watch the progress, its pretty fascinating seeing a birds nest that close up... and the other day, I let Gucci peek at her and I think I scared her off and now her eggs have been unattended for over a day and it really makes me just ill and rotten,and kicking myself in the rear saying I should've known better. I really didn't want to scare mama dove, I know gucci would just look at it puzzling and tilt her head arghh... I just keep dwelling on it and its making me sad I"ll attach a few pics

Hopefully, someone will read this and not be as dumb as me and let their dog scare away Mamadove :cry: I know there are people with much bigger problems ..but still feel awfully guilty. I keep telling myself that maybe the squirrel living in our attic scared her away and not me..(that's a whole other thread..)

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Oh no! Maybe something happened to Mama Dove. I wouldn't think that one peek by Gucci would scare her off after 2 years. Poor Mama and baby doves...


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Oh no. I feel your pain as I, too, worry when things aren't right in the "wilds". My DH keeps telling me that it's nature. I sure hope Mama comes back, but being away from sitting on her eggs for over a day doesn't sound good. I wouldn't think that Gucci could have upset her that much, but who knows. I'm upset for you. Keep us posted.

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I, too, wonder if something happened to mama dove. We have several birdhouses around and a couple of years ago there were babies in it. I could hear them chirping and I could see mama or daddy? going in and out of the opening. Then I noticed no adult birds were going in and out of the opening any more. I waited several months before I ever opened the birdhouse up and all the babies still in the nest dead and icky. I figured something had gotten mama bird. And then last year, I kept finding dead babies out on the grass - they didn't have feathers yet. I have no idea what happened to them - if another bird got in the nest or ?? We live along a slough and there are all sorts of ducks that nest along it. When the babies are still quite small, there are usually 8 or so, per mama, and then as they get a bit larger, you can see their numbers dwindle. It makes me so sad - it seems that the majority don't make it. I always get upset too when something happens to them. In your case, Kara, I wouldn't be as upset if it is just the eggs that are being left as I would be if it was babies being left. The doves in my yard have gotten so tame. They will fly in to bathe or drink from the birdbaths when I am just a few feet away. That surprised me.

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Maybe she will come back tonight! Like others said, I doubt that Gucci peeking at them would scare her off for good.
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Im pretty sure the eggs are dead, it is cold here today and I was reading online that mama will only leave them for 15-30 min unless daddy relieves her and sits on them.
My husband thinks another dove laid an egg in her nest. Last week, there was only one egg for a good week and then the 2'nd egg showed up a week later and he seems to think she flew the nest because some other mama squatted on it, idk..I kinda hope he's right and its not my fault
I know it probably seems silly that nature's rules apply to every species so differently and nature is not always so kind. Last year, they were like our pseudo-pets, we watched them hatch and then mama bring back worms and feed them to when she abandoned them so that they'd fly away, one stayed there alone for 2-3 days afraid to jump. And mama and daddy dove do this little dance with each other every morning on my back porch..I probably have a picture of that somewhere too

i dont' imagine a dove can lay an egg a week apart from the last egg? I'd have to go do some googling on it.

Its pretty amazing how clean doves keep their nests, there is not a speck of dirt or anything on there.

I guess i'm a little hormonal today, sigh.
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I know how you feel. It stinks when you witness stuff like this. We have large sandhill cranes (that mate for life) and when you see their mate hit by a car and they stand there next to the dead bird-so sad!!

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Can you try to hatch them in a incubator?Or is it too late?

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what's happening now? is mama dove back? can you keep the eggs warm somehow? I know absolutely nothing about this but it sounds so fascinating. I can feel your pain.

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