Mourning Dove eggs are hatching, dove eggs incubation period, feeding baby doves – Part 1

baby dove chicks hatched eggs

How long does it take for dove eggs to hatch?  The incubation period for dove eggs is 14-15 days.  Then another 2 weeks for the baby dove chicks to leave the nest.

The dove chicks, hatchlings, squabs pictured below are one day old, both eyes are closed.

baby dove chicks hatched eggs
baby dove squabs in nest, closed eyes

I’m a proud Auntie!  We have been very quiet so as – NOT to startle the mourning dove away from her nest.  Last time these mourning doves made their nest I was too involved and sadly scared them away leaving the eggs in the nest abandoned.  I felt horrible.

baby morning dove nest
newborn doves 1 day old squabs, Turtle Doves
mourning dove hatchlings turtle dove nest
mourning dove hatchlings, opened eyes

The one day dove hatchlings opened their eyes.  The female dove left very early this morning so I was able to snap a couple quick photos before the male dove comes to take the day shift. This bird family will get their privacy and no disturbances from us, so the squabs will be taken care of by mom and dad dove.

squabs in bird nest
baby mourning dove nest

Why do doves abandon their nest? Nest abandonment is very common with Mourning Doves.  If a dove feels any threat from predators whether human or animal, the dove may go elsewhere, abandoning both eggs and babies.

Below is a short video showing how to feed a baby mourning dove that was rescued.  I educated myself and am prepared just in case I have to feed or care for these hatchlings.

If you find an abandoned bird it is best to take it to a wildlife sanctuary. Baby birds can be hand-fed and raised until they can be released back to the wild.

The mourning dove’s nest in the photo is in our Arizona garden.

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Author: tjsgarden

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10 thoughts on “Mourning Dove eggs are hatching, dove eggs incubation period, feeding baby doves – Part 1”

  1. Awwww…. isn’t that the cutest baby bird I’ve ever seen.. I just love the young of the wild! They’re so adorable and innocent..
    And by the way, what are you feeding it? Is it some kind of formula?
    I’ve got to say, visiting your blog is becoming more and more of a joy to me.. only a good heart can bond with and have passion for God’s wonderful creation – nature – like you do..
    God bless you! 🙂

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    1. Stenila nature is where I feel close to God. Glad you enjoyed it… It is a baby formula that can be purchased at pet stores. Petco, Petsmart has kits for feeding baby birds. Pretty cool huh?
      Thank you for the visit stenila 🙂

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  2. Oh my Dawg…My babies are here 🙂 they are soo gorgeous. Take some more photies when they are a bit bigger ( please 🙂
    Hugs Mollie xx

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