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Mourning Doves, suggestions on making them happy in my yard....

Posted by on Mar. 15, 2015 at 10:39 AM
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I have a pair of mourning doves who I've come to love. They have been nesting under the lid of my propane tank for soooo many years. They cleverly figured out that the cats and other random wildlife here cannot climb the slippery and steep sides of the tank. They are incredibly romantic. They are currently cuddled on my deck railing, the male singing and grooming the female, the female snuggled under his neck. They are becoming used to us, letting their babies hop around near our feet last year, with out any fuss.

It's the beginning of nesting season here and soon my gas tank is being removed. We're getting it switched out in favor of getting a natural gas line installed. I've opened the lid to the tank, to detour them from nesting and laying, only to have the nest disturbed.

I'm going out this evening to buy them an alternative place to nest (a platform) and seed. But I was looking for suggestions on anything else I might be able to do to make them happy here, or any specific recommendations. Thanks so much! 

by on Mar. 15, 2015 at 10:39 AM
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Bmat
by Barb on Mar. 15, 2015 at 10:49 AM
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How very sweet! I've never even seen mourning dove babies.

I worry that a platform would not protect them from hawks, and snakes can climb wooden posts.

I google mourning dove house and found some ideas:

The one in the picture hanging on a wall strikes me as protection from snakes

https://www.google.com/search?q=mouring+dove+house&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

copperswifey
by on Mar. 15, 2015 at 9:48 PM

I don't have any advice but if you get a chance try to get some pictures of them. I would love to see them :) 

timon95
by on Mar. 15, 2015 at 10:12 PM

not really sure, just do what you're doing.

LaniBee
by on Mar. 16, 2015 at 11:33 AM
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Awww, so sweet! We have doves that nest on the electrical box. Last year was the first time we've actually seen the babies. Something usually gets the eggs before they hatch. I'm not sure what you can do for them, other than offer a protected niche. Maybe a bird bath?  lol


goddess99
by on Mar. 16, 2015 at 2:40 PM

Aww how sweet, no advice but good luck. Hope they like their new home.

egyptian_mommy
by Bronze Member on Mar. 16, 2015 at 7:33 PM
I don't know about housing for them but that's so sweet.
sarahfaith123
by Sarah on Mar. 16, 2015 at 8:16 PM
Wow that's awesome.

All I can think of is a bird feeder that hangs from the tree.
Kmakksmom
by on Mar. 16, 2015 at 9:38 PM
So cool! Good luck with their new home.
mikesmom65270
by on Mar. 17, 2015 at 12:32 AM

Some sort of house  would be good, as long as it's inaccessible to predators.

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