Can ducks alternate laying eggs?

BornToQuack

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So right now at least one of our three Indian Runner Ducks is laying eggs. This raises a few questions:

1) Is it normal for one duck to start laying about a week before the others? We were told all three ducks hatched on the same day, so is this one an overachiever, or are the other two late bloomers? (They're 26 weeks old)

2) Is it possible we actually have two ducks laying and they're just alternating days? We've noticed that some days the egg is buried deep in the straw of their house, and other days the egg is sitting on top completely uncovered. Could that mean one duck likes to bury her eggs while the other just squats and goes?
 

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