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Hi, I’m new to breeding, although both my grandad and uncle breed when I was younger and I’d help out so I’m not a complete novice. At the beginning of the beginning of the year (before things went crazy) I bought a proven breeding pair of white faces (the hen is also pearl) not long after I took on a pair of males who needed a new home. As it turns out my two “males“ are currently doing very well with their first clutch, having had 4 egg all fertile and two have hatched, I think the other two have died in the shell but they are a young couple so I’m really pleased with how well they are doing. Meanwhile the proven pair are just chilling and haven’t even gone in their nest box😂

any advice on the dead eggs, how long to leave them in the nest how to dispose of them, if it’s possible for someone with not much experience to tell what went wrong with the chick inside, my uncle and grandad weren’t the type to let a girl see a dead Bird unfortunately so this is where I’m most lacking in know how!

Some pics of mum (pearl) and dad (lutino) and the two hatched chicks!
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How do you decide the eggs are dead? Did you candle them? Leave the eggs there for a few more days, and see what will happen. I think your pearl hen maybe a whiteface pearl. Look the babies, all creamy color hair, which indicating split to whiteface. One if the babies is lutino, may be a girl.
If pass 21 days, no pipping, the eggs may be bad. Since you don't know which day eggs were laid, you may wait a few days. I usually mark the eggs at big end, so, I know which day is laid. This way, I will know when to check if eggs pipping.
Chilled eggs will delay hatching, but in general will not kill the chick inside. At 22 days, the egg may be a little bit problem. But, at 18 day, there still lots of hope. According to you description, the parents are very good at taking care of egg and babies. Just make sure box nest box environment temperature never drops to below 60F, preferable not lower than 65F.
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