So, a few days ago I went to a pond across from my house where a couple of mallard ducks lived. When I got there, I found three eggs just laying there, exposed under a tree. They didn't appear to be in some kind of nest; they were just sitting between two roots of the tree. I left them there and the next day I came back, there were four. The mother duck wasn't there, and the eggs were cold (I guessed they were dead). The next day, there were no new eggs. And today, when I went there, there still were no new ones. I'm not sure if the mother duck is abandoning the eggs she is laying and if she is, I want to try to save a few the next time she lays eggs before they freeze to death. My questions are: 1. What time in the day do ducks lay eggs 2. How long before an egg freezes when it's cold 3. Does a duck lay an egg everyday? 4. Is it possible that the eggs are unfertalized? 5. Can a duck smell a humans scent and move her nest somewhere else? 6. Should I just leave the old eggs where they are (my family says if they're dead I could probably cook them) 7. Can you find out if a egg is alive on the first day? 8. would a lamp be dangerous to leave at home for incubation 9. When I did some research before, the websites said incubating eggs need humidity, but how does the eggs in the wild get humidity 10. Is there way to tell what species of duck layer the eggs (I'm pretty sure they're mallard, but there are a couple of other ducks at the pond) 11. If a duckling hatches and its mother isn't around, what will happen 12. If a duckling is very weak and can't get through its shell, is there any way to help it break the shell? 13. Mother ducks lead their ducklings to the water in the morning after they hatch, so why can't you let a duckling into water? 14. Do ducklings even care about their siblings? 15. are the electronic expensive incubators better than homemade ones? 16. Can you use any lamp for incubating duck eggs? 17. If I feel like I won't be able to keep the eggs alive, do you think an adoption shelter or something will take them in? Sorry for all the questions! I have a pet parakeet but never a duck, so I thought this would be an awesome experience IF I manage to save some of the eggs and IF they hatch. Ducklings are just so cute! I can imagine them running around following people. I'm going to go to the pond tommorow again and see if I can find any more eggs.