We need some advice on this situation:
A momma Mourning Dove made a nest in one of our (outside, of course) hanging spider plants a little over 3 weeks ago. She laid one egg and has been faithfully sitting on it since.
She is quite welcome and used to our walking past her on the porch. As long as we don’t get closer than 2 feet, she is undisturbed. And, quite welcome, I might add. She’s a really pretty bird. We saw poppa once or twice visiting.
So the dilemma is, shouldn’t that egg have hatched by now? My wife did a search on it, and it seems that 2-2.5 weeks is the normal incubation period. We’re afraid the egg is a “dud.”
What, if anything, should we do? Just let her keep sitting on it? Wait another week & remove the egg, or what? We’d love to see a baby dove there, but it is beginning to look llike that won’t happen.
Again, we really like having her there, we just don’t want her wasting her time and maybe not eating right and all.
Thanks in advance.