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February 22, 2021

Bird keeps sitting on her egg

Hi so about a month ago I got a pet dove and then a one or two weeks later she kept sitting in the cage the whole day and we were confused why. Then she layed an egg and left it and 2 days later she layed another one. She’s been sitting on that egg since the day she layed it and barely gets out of the cage. We don’t think it’s a baby egg so is this normal? What should we do?


Hi Melody,

Unless you have a male, the egg will not be fertile. Since the hatch time is around 14 days, she should lose interest in it in another few days to a week, and will push it aside or ignore it. If she doesn’t give up on it, then you can take the egg away and discard it.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,


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