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Old 03-15-2017, 11:27 AM   #1
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Began my routine maintenance this morning. Checked the house batteries and moved to the back of the rig to check the oil and coolant levels and notice a dove had made a nest on my collapseable latter, which is attached to the permanently attached roof ladder. The dove IS sitting on the nest, so I'm guessing there is at least one egg maybe 2. I'm not leaving for another 11 days, and my engine maintenance can wait until the morning of departure. I'm just not sure what I should do, if there happens to be 1 or 2 babies in the nest when it's time to leave. Any thoughts?
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Old 03-15-2017, 11:33 AM   #2
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Move her now. It's early spring, so my guess is that she's likely not been sitting long, so there's probably little to no development yet in the eggs.
I'd rather have her loose a couple of eggs than wait till there's little ones and risk her abandoning them.
That's my thoughts.
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If leaving the nest untouched until the babies are gone isn't an option I think I'd rather deal with eggs now than baby birds later. Are doves protected in your area?
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Began my routine maintenance this morning. Checked the house batteries and moved to the back of the rig to check the oil and coolant levels and notice a dove had made a nest on my collapseable latter, which is attached to the permanently attached roof ladder. The dove IS sitting on the nest, so I'm guessing there is at least one egg maybe 2. I'm not leaving for another 11 days, and my engine maintenance can wait until the morning of departure. I'm just not sure what I should do, if there happens to be 1 or 2 babies in the nest when it's time to leave. Any thoughts?
Call the Seattle animal shelter and/or Washington fish and wildlife. They both seem to have expertise in matters such as yours......and if they don't I'm sure they can point you in the right direction
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Sooner is better than later. This early in the season, they will lay and raise a new clutch.
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Thanks for your comments. I made a nest from a small cardboard box and moved the straw nest, which included 2 eggs, into the cardboard box. It's in the most secure place I could find relatively close to the back-end of the motorhome.
By the way, I'm in Yuma, AZ and did try the Humane Society and Animal control, neither were interested in removing the nest. Their focus seems to be stray/abandon dogs & cats only.
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Thanks for your comments. I made a nest from a small cardboard box and moved the straw nest, which included 2 eggs, into the cardboard box. It's in the most secure place I could find relatively close to the back-end of the motorhome.
By the way, I'm in Yuma, AZ and did try the Humane Society and Animal control, neither were interested in removing the nest. Their focus seems to be stray/abandon dogs & cats only.
Wonderful! Hopefully she'll come back to it and finish the job!
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You are to be commended for you love of wildlife. My hats off to you.
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I have moved a number of nests with eggs. Usually mother finds them and they hatch. As long as they are relatively safe from predation, there is not much that you can do. Mother was probably watching you move the nest.

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