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What Joe did with our tiny chicken egg

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What Joe did with our tiny chicken egg

Post by Sonshine on Tue Jun 09, 2009 10:35 pm

Every once in awhile our hens will lay real small eggs, about the size of dove eggs. Well, we have a couple of doves, so Joe took one of these small eggs and put it in the dove cage to see what they would do. The female is sitting on that egg just like one of her own. LOL I know it probably won't hatch, but I thought it was kind of funny just thinking about what would happen if it did. worry

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Post by Marie on Tue Jun 09, 2009 11:22 pm

:-) too funny..

and wouldn't it be something if it actually did hatch? lol
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Post by Sonshine on Tue Jun 09, 2009 11:38 pm

If I was a betting woman I would bet that if it did hatch I would have a couple of very shocked doves! LOL

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Re: What Joe did with our tiny chicken egg

Post by FirewoodGuy on Fri Jun 19, 2009 4:24 am

That egg is not a viable egg and I think it's unkind to put it under your dove.

You've kicked her instinct into mommy-mode with no possibility at all of her getting a baby to raise at the end.

Unnecssary if you ask me to cause the poor dove to think she's raising a family just so you can laugh about it.

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Post by Feather on Fri Jun 19, 2009 4:46 am

just thinking about what would happen
Brooder pneumonia for the dove if she continues to sit on it beyond her time. It's not so bad if she lays viable eggs along with it, then you can immediately remove the little chicken egg so it doesn't explode and ruin the clutch. But if she doesn't lay eggs of her own in time and she continues to sit on the chicken egg it will rot and explode or else she will get brooder pneumonia and die. If you want to encourage her to lay her own eggs use candy coated almonds instead and only leave them there for 5 days.
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Re: What Joe did with our tiny chicken egg

Post by Sonshine on Fri Jun 19, 2009 5:59 am

Thanks for the tip Feather.

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Re: What Joe did with our tiny chicken egg

Post by Feather on Fri Jun 19, 2009 8:38 am

Hey Sonshine, you're welcome. I used to raise ring-necked doves and it's actually very easy to encourage them to nest - as you have just seen with your own dove with the little chicken egg. LOL.

I got the idea with the candy coated almonds from my mom who used to raise budgies. The one drawback with candied almond is it might stick to their belly feathers but because they're so light weight it's easy for them to turn them over. Another thing you can use is small white quartz pebbles - safer to use as a prop but harder for the dove to turn them over because they're heavier. However, all you need is for her to lay one egg of her own (usually done within 5 days) and then you can remove the pebble or almond and she will take it from there and lay 1 or 2 more eggs. My doves never laid more than 3 eggs to a clutch, but once they had each raised their first brood they never needed to be encouraged with props again.

I love doves, there's nothing sweeter to listen to than their "coo-dook-keroo, coo-dook-keroo, coo-coo-coo". sunny
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