The mourning dove hatchlings, squabs, are 10 days old. They are becoming Fledge, Fledge is the stage that these young doves develop feathers and wing muscles that are sufficient for flight. It takes about 14 days for the mourning doves to fly and leave the nest. The parents will still care for the young squabs for 25-27 days of age where they will be left to be on their own.
The mom and dad mourning doves have started leaving the babies alone for several hours at a time. This dove behavior is to encourage the babies to start learning balance and exercising. The mourning dove squabs, babies, will be flying out of the nest pretty soon.
The mourning dove parents can only lay beside the baby doves because the 10 day old babies are plenty warm with their own feathers.
part 4 in the making…. final stage coming, I’ll be sad, and happy, to see the hatchlings go…