Sunday, January 11, 2009

Dove babies

My momma dove kept laying eggs, so I decided to let her and hubby set and hatch babies. Mom and dad both sit, taking shifts to give each other a chance to eat and drink. After 14 days of giving them they're privacy, I peaked in one morning and saw an empty eggshell in the cage. Dad was sitting on the babies, but he fluffed up when he saw me and out popped a little pink chick about the size of my pinky. They are the ugliest things when they're babies. Once they start to feather out, they look less alien.

This is the dad tending to his babies. Doves are great parents. Very attentive and caring. They also mate for life.

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