Greetings Duck friends. I'm new to ducks...and only have 6....one Pekin, 1 mallard, 4 runners. I hatched them last summer so this is their first winter. To my amazment and thrill, yesterday I discovered 3 eggs!!!!! The first ones I've ever gotten from them....I just can't tell you how exiciting it was to find those! (Not really sure why, but just seemed like a prize! ha). Sadly, because they were in an area that I don't go to every day, they were frozen hard and cracked. Worse yet, though, they had just been laid right out in the open ground, and not even together, though I do think they were from the same duck. ANYWAY....here is my question: what can I do to encourage her (or them) to lay future eggs in a nest of some kind. You should know that I already built a small box out of plywood that is about 3 ft high, 3 ft long, and 3 ft wide. It has a roof and has some hay in it. IT SEEMS PERFECT TO ME!!!!! But I've never once seen a duck go into it, and even though it is within 30 feet of the eggs I found, she clearly had no interest in using it. oh...my ducks are basically free range, though there are no woods for them. They are in a pasture and sometimes get out, but almost anywhere they go is mowed short....no cover. Thats why I thought they would use the wood box I made for them. For what its worth, they also have access to a small barn but almost never use it...even when it gets really cold. Again, I would have thought they would have laid eggs in there perhaps, but no. Any suggestions? Where do your ducks lay eggs? Should I make a different kind of box/next? I just hate having them plop eggs out on the ground. Not only because they get wasted, but when spring comes I really want them to hate a place to lay and sit. OH...I should also tell you that the place they laid all 3 eggs was within a few feet of my pond. But my box is in the same general area.