My pekin, Dill, has a nest underneath my desk. It has umm 5/6/7 eggs (I haven't counted in the last 3 days but I *think* there's 7). She's never made a nest before for her eggs, usually she just lays 'em anywhere but this time she ripped up newspaper and made a little nest for them under my desk and pushed a box in front for privacy. Her "boyfriend" Will has been mating her so chances are the eggs are fertile. Do you think once she has a clutch of about 10-20 eggs she'll start laying on them? I really would love it if one would hatch. It'd be my little baby from Dill & Will and that way when one or both of them are gone (which I hope doesn't happen for at least 15 yrs!) I'll have their son/daughter. I'd love another duckling anyway and this is my only way to get one. But I don't want many to hatch so what should I do? I don't have fake eggs. I have infertile chicken eggs that my mom says aren't fit for eating because we've had them so long.. would it work to replace them with her eggs except for a few? Would she realize the difference? Or when she's not around could I freeze them (she isn't laying on them yet, so they haven't developed) and then they wouldn't hatch (except for the few that I didn't freeze). I guess the only flaw in this is if the 3 or 4 I choose to keep in the nest and not replace with fakes/freeze don't end up hatching.. but I guess that's just a chance I'll have to take.