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Pigeon Eggs

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I placed a planter on my balcony three weeks ago and before I had a chance to find a nice plant for it a pigeon laid an egg in it. I decided to wait for the egg to hatch before using the planter but now they are three more eggs inside the planter. When will all the eggs hatch? Will the pigeon eventually stop laying eggs? I would really like to use the planter this spring....
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Seems like you have more than one perpetrator here.

A pair will normally have two eggs in a clutch, and incubate them for around 17 - 20 days. Assuming they hatch, it would then be about five weeks for the young to fledge. Rarely, one hen may lay three eggs.

I think four eggs even over three weeks or so would be superpigeon. So, you may have

* two hens who have buddied up and are producing infertile eggs
* a male who has acquired two hens
* an opportunist who saw a ready made 'nest' to drop her eggs in

What comings and goings have you seen over the past weeks? Normally there would be one or other of a pair sitting on the eggs at all times, so if you are able to look out without being noticed, you should see a bird in the planter at some stage, or see one taking flight if you are spotted. If you see no sign at all, particularly near or after dark, and the eggs are cold, they have probably been abandoned.

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Hi John,

I think you're right. I've seen three pigeons on my balcony. I'm assuming that there are two hens and a male that have taken control over my planter. I've seen the hens sitting on the eggs, thus they are probably viable. I don't mind waiting for 5 weeks after the eggs hatch, but will it be over after that? I really want to evict the pigeons as soon as possible and I would hate to see a second batch of eggs in my planter.

Hi Mauricio

First, it's good of you to let 'em stay to bring up their young :)

What can happen at a later stage, when the young are growing well, is another set of eggs in the planter or nearby. No reason why you can't just remove them soon as they are laid or pretty shortly after. Then, when the young have flown, reclaim your planter - which will have plenty of nitrogen content by then, probably.

The male pigeon would normally sit on the eggs (and the very young chicks) from mid-morning to a couple hours before dusk, with maybe a 'lunch break', while the hen sits the rest of the time. Once the babies are maybe 10 days or so (varies), they'll be left alone for periods quite possibly, as they will be able to maintain their own body heat without being covered.

With the arrangement your 'squatters' have, though, it may get a bit confused.

Do keep us updated, and let us know if there seem to be any problems in this situation.

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If the eggs are new, IMO you won't be hurting anything if you discard them and then cover the planter untill you plant it with your plant. the eggs don't develope untill they are incubated with heat, so if you toss them they are just yolk inside like a chicken's egg, they will find another spot to nest. but....they may come back to the planter even with a plant in it, you just need to keep shooing them away from it.
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