Hi, I know the name of this site is backyard CHICKENS, but I was hoping that it would be alright if I asked a duck question. About a month ago, my female pekin duck started setting on her eggs (I have a drake pekin duck too, so we assumed they were fertile). A few days ago, I discovered a fully-formed dead duckling in the pen. At first I thought that its egg had accidently been cracked and he just wasn't quite ready to come out yet. But today I had even more just like this. Some are completely out of their shell, and others are still in the shell but the shell's like it's just been smashed open. I don't think that any of the ducks have actually hatched on their own, because they're all still in the shape of the egg. In other words, I don't think they were ever really "alive" (at least not in the sense of living and breathing in the world outside their shell). Right now, we only have four left and I want to try to keep them from the same fate. Do you think that the female is accidently cracking/smashing the eggs open? Do you think they are hatching and then one of the adults is killing them? The drake is still in the same pen, so could he be the one killing them? Are drakes known to do this? Or could it be that the shells are too hard (like possibly she hasn't been keeping them wet enough) and the ducklings are dying in the eggs because they can't get out? But if that's the case, then why are we discovering them outside of their shells? I just don't know what to think. Any advice or input would be very appreciated!!!!