I started with a dozen Indian Runners 10 girls and 2 boys to use them for herding practice with my dogs - received them in May (23rd) as hatchlings from Metzer Farms. They're thriving so well , totally spoiled etc. I have done everything correct so far I THINK! I added brewers yeast to their crumbles for the first 5 mos, until just recently when I switched them to the adult "Laynea" pellets. Also have out some oyster shells free choice for them. They have a nice house for nighttime and they roam free during the day. I also acquired two older (2yr old) runner hens from a friend this summer as well and they are layers. Not the first couple of weeks and not consistent, but they do lay now, sometimes 1 egg sometimes 2. ( I figure it was due to stress and them acclimating to the new place) . Two days ago I got a soft shelled egg out in a mud puddle area by the coop at 5PM , then one egg on Tuesday morn and then another soft shell one last night, and two in a a little "nest" in the coop this morning One was small like a chicken egg size & one large normal one. Are the new ducks laying these or are the two old ones going over board? I don't have a web cam on them so I not sure if I need to do worthing to help them or if its just a young duck getting started out ...it was just strange that the egg was out on the ground sort of in the mud puddle both times and late afternoon.