Eight to 12 days after mating, the females lay 1 to 3 (usually 2) white eggs which hatch after 18 days. Condition at Hatching: Helpless, with sparse yellow or white down. Chicks fledge (leave the nest) in 25-32 days (45 days in midwinter).

Do pigeons leave their eggs unattended?

Generally, pigeons are excellent parents. They never leave their eggs alone, and there is always a female or a male pigeon to incubate them and guard the nest.

Do pigeons abandon their eggs if you touch them?

Touching an egg (or chick) or moving it within the nest will make no difference to the parents. The idea that birds will reject an egg or chick due to human scent is an old wive’s tale and has been thoroughly debunked.

Will a pigeon abandon a nest?

Moving the nest can cause the parent pigeons to abandon the nest which would cause any babies they were caring for to die of starvation or thirst as they completely rely on their mum and dad for everything.

Why do pigeons sit on their eggs?

The Female May Have Lost Her Mate

Normally, the male will use the morning hours to search for food, while his mate sits on the eggs. In the afternoon, they switch turns and she goes off to feed. In this way, they share the incubation of the eggs.