My Rouen hen started laying last month. She built herself a nice nest in the straw in her coop, but after I removed an egg from the nest she started laying elsewhere in the coop. When she lays elsewhere, the other ducks step on the egg so it gets dirtier and more beat up. I read a post in this forum, that when you take an egg out of a duck's nest, they think the nest has been raided, and they'll look for a safer place to lay. The solution I read about is to put a fake egg in the nest when you remove one. When my rouen laid in her nest again, I only had 1 fake egg handy. Then she laid a second egg, and I didn't have a second fake egg to replace it with. So she was left with just 1 fake egg in her nest, but she has been laying her eggs in or near her nest every day since. Does this mean that she can't tell the difference between 1 and 2? Can ducks count?