I have three young, unrelated white racing pigeons (hatched mid-January) - two females and a male. Two have a stronger mating bond, although the male is definitely going after the other female (both aggression and also mating). Right now the paired female is sitting on FOUR eggs. I knew she had more than one and assumed it was the typical two. I didn't want to bother her but saw a week into incubation and there was at least three. Now she's at 14 days since the first one was laid and there are definitely four eggs (I finally disturbed her). Because I did not check well, I don't know if she did two and another two or if they were always there OR if the other female I have came in, laid, and she's just been stuck with them As background, this is her second clutch. Her first got damp and died, but she stubbornly sat it for 23 days before abandoning the nest. Any thoughts other than wait and see? Also, I would be very happy to have up to six birds, but I do not want more than that. I also don't want inbreeding. After this round is (hopefully) successfully hatched, what is the best way to prevent future hatchings? Is it better to take both eggs at the same time, substitute false or addled eggs, or is there something else I should do? I don't want to exhaust my females by having them produce too many eggs. Alternatively, I could certainly eat eggs or squab (what age do you do it?) or sell them off. Any advice welcome.