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.
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.
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.
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.