Dove sitting fake egggs
Thanks for your site!
We have a kind of a strange question.
We got a white ring-necked dove about a year ago. We named her Emmeline. We did not elect to have the bird’s sex determined via DNA test when we got her (so she may be a he, not sure), as we planned on her living a life free from other doves. We never expected breeding behavior. We have seen no indication of eggs in the year she has been with us.
Fast forward to two weeks ago. Emmeline took the white cap off of a soda bottle to the nest, and started sitting it like an egg. We thought that meant she was pining for some eggs to sit, and bought a set of faux eggs from the web. We put the eggs in one of her resting areas, a relatively large woven bowl. Once she found them, she started sitting the eggs. She has been sitting them all day, and does not appear ready to stop.
Our thought is, how do we get her to believe her human partners are taking their turns egg-sitting, so she can get some time to eat, drink, and fly? She is normally relatively active, but not since she has been sitting the eggs. We have been taking her water and food, so that’s not really the concern. On the other hand, she is looking at her primary like “HEY! Its your turn now!”
Note that the resting area is NOT in her cage, and the woven bowl is really too large to go into the cage.
We could really use some advice from someone more familiar with the habits of birds sitting eggs.
Thanks for anything you can tell us!