Hi! I'm a grandpa...of sorts. If you've seen me post before, you'll know I had 3 ducks originally called Huey, Dewey and Louie. Much to my chagrin they turned out to be mallards - not the Rouens I was expecting! They learned to fly, and fly away so well that they caught the attention of a barn owl. I know this because 2 of the ducks (Huey and Louie) never came back and I found the barn owl inside the duck house one morning going after Dewey! After shooing the owl away, I discovered it had scratched Dewey's beak and bloodied it. Other than that, there seemed to be no damage. Dewey, needless to say, was in shock and didn't want to leave the house for almost a week. I also trimmed her flight feathers after a few days - she didn't seem to mind after the initial attempt to take off. Now for the good part of the story. It has been about 2 weeks since the owl incident and Dewey is much more approachable - whether due to being the last surviving duck or bonding with me finally after having rescued her, I'll let you decide. And she has finally laid an egg! I call it the $1000 Duck Egg because I've spent at least that much on my duck setup already. I know - once the next egg comes out it will devalue them both to $500 eggs. I also know that price will keep going down until I have finally paid no difference between duck eggs at market and for them at home (as I plan to add more ducks again in the spring). As you can see, the egg is quite small. Is this because Dewey is a mallard? Is it because it's the first egg? Also, there is a crack in the egg. Keep in mind, she laid it sometime either yesterday early this morning. I found it frozen to her chest this morning (the weather fell to -4º F and I gave her warm water at 9PM last night). Is the crack likely due to: being frozen to her and her walking around with it?; the egg needing more calcium?; or, her first-time clumsiness sitting on the egg? I am feeding her Egg Layer Crumble (I think Dumor). Should I now start adding oyster shells? When can expect another egg? Will the eggs get any larger? (It really is teeny). How do I wash the eggs without damaging them, especially when the outside is cracked like this (I believe it is only the hard shell that is cracked). Is this egg any good to eat? Can I shellack it to preserve it or maybe soak it in vinegar? I'm pretty excited to finally see dividends on my investment (this is strictly a hobby to become more self-sustainable). Dewey obviously laid on the egg - it was stuck to her chest. I think that's a positive sign. She also did not fuss when I took it off her chest. Oh...and before someone comments - I am looking for a companion duck or two for her, I just don't have the time to brood them now. I just need to find a farm close by that would be willing to part with a domestic egg-layer. Thanks in advance for your suggestions!