I have a few questions I'm hoping you could help me with! I have a male Pekin duck , and a female mallard. I've caught the male mating with the female about two months ago or so, and since then he has been quite mean towards me and others, chasing us , biting us, ect. I kind of brushed it off. Well, two nights ago, the temperature dropped below freezing, so I brought the ducks in the basement, when I woke up to take them back out, I found an egg in the middle of the floor!! They didnt seem too interested in it. So i brought the ducks outside to their pen, and brought the egg. In their duck house, they have a heat lamp, and some hay, so I took a small blanket and put the egg on the blanket inside the duck house, then took the mallard and put her inside, (watched her to see what she would do) and she sat next to the egg and started pulling hay and making a nest!! . Now last night I put the ducks (mallard and pekin) into their duck house to sleep, and when I woke up, there was another egg, buried in the hay!
Im wondering if it is okay to keep the male locked up at night with the female while she is laying or if this will effect the process, or should I just leave the duck house door open to they can come and go as they please? (the house in enclosed in a secure pen)
This is my first time dealing with a duck laying eggs, previously ive only had same sex, and the one flew off. So this whole laying eggs thing is new to me!! Basically I just want to know the basics of what i should and shouldnt do.
Another thing i noticed, is , my mallard does not mind when i am near the house where the eggs are, she just sits next to me. The male pekin however, attacks the crap out of me, and my mallard then goes after him it kinda seems like shes sayin "hey cut that poop out" lol. Is all of this normal? Will the pekin attack the eggs? or even ducklings if they hatch? do I need to separate the female and male during the laying process? and, its winter, is it okay for her to be laying eggs? will they even hatch ?
Please let me know your advice!! Thank you everyone!!!!