I have a 6mn old Swedish who decided to start nesting the past 3 weeks. Now for the the 1st week she would sit the nest just not non stop. For the past two weeks she has been sitting it all the time (occasionally gets off - she prefers when I bring her water and food ). So I went to check her nest today because I suspected she keeps stealing the eggs of my 5 mn old that is laying eggs in a nesting box next to her. I see the new eggs in the morning and by night they are gone . So I moved her from the nest and counted 31 eggs under her. Last time I counted there were 24 so clearly she must be stealing them from the other female. I went and candled them because I wanted to see where they were in development and suspected some must be bad. Sure enough there were 5 soupy / dead ones and the rest are literally from 3-5 days development (beginning veining to 2-3 weeks development). Am I to assume she will abandon the eggs once some start hatching? I have several new babies that I ordered to bring some quality into the ducks for possible showing in local events for my little boys so her eggs/babies will not be assisted it will all be natural selection - or so I am trying to convince myself of that idea. Is it normal to have that varying stages of development or is she just so young she doesnt know what she is doing. I was shocked to see her sitting the nest to begin with - I just wanted her eggs to be in the same place everyday and not have to hunt for them so I got her a nesting box.