What To Do If You Find A Pigeon Egg


The first thing to do if you find a pigeon egg or eggs is if you can see the nest then it is best to place the eggs back in the nest so that nature can take it’s course and the eggs can be hatched and the chicks can be raised by the pigeon. if this is not possible then you may want to try to incubate the eggs and try to get them to hatch out.

I often get asked what to do when pigeon eggs are found.

hi, last night i found 2 pigeon eggs on my balcony, they had only been there for a couple of hours, there were no pigeons around so i brought them in and wraped them in a blanket and put them under a lamp to warm them back up, does anyone no if this was the right or wrong thing to do or of they are even still alive, and is there anything i can do to help them servive and hatch?
Any help is welcome, Sam 

Hi Sam,

Thanks for leaving a comment.
I think that you did the right thing in keeping the eggs warm. If you cannot see the nest then taking the eggs was the right thing to do as it is unlikely that the pigeons would be able to get the eggs back to the nest. If you can see the nest and it is possible to place the eggs back in the nest then I would do this. If this is not possible then I would candle the eggs to see if they are fertile and have pigeon chicks inside.

Candling is a way of checking the fertility of an egg and the development of the embryo, with the use of a light source in a darkened room. In a darkened room, carefully hold the egg up to the light to observe the contents of the egg.Here is a link for more information about candling eggs.
http://www.farmingfriends.com/candling-eggs/

If the eggs are fertile and have chicks inside then I would incubate the eggs or find someone who is able to do this, or keep the eggs under the lamp and regularly turn them.

I would probably contact my local animal santuary or RSPB to find out advice from them.

Hope this information helps.
Let me know how you get on.

Kind regards
sara @ farmingfriends

hi i have just found a pigeon egg and i do not no if i should put it under a lamp or in the airing cupboard???????

any help welcome

asap, caitlin

Hi Caitlin,
Thanks for your question. If you can see the pigeon nest and you are able to put the egg back then I would try to do this.
If you are not able to do this then I would put the egg in a box and place in the airing cupboard. You could check the temperature to see if it is around 99.5 degrees fahrenheit, you can also put in a damp face cloth or dish cloth to get the humidity and just keep making sure the cloth stays damp.
Alternatively you could put the egg in a box under a lamp and again I would check the temperature. I think that the airing cupboard is a good idea if you can achieve the correct temperature.
Then in around 17 days the egg may hatch out. You could candle the egg to see if it is fertile and has a chick inside.Here is a link for more information about candling eggs.
http://www.farmingfriends.com/candling-eggs/
Hope this is useful.
Let me know how you get on.
Kind regards
Sara @ farmingfriends

If you have any advice for what to do if you find a pigeon egg then please leave a comment. Thanks.