Okay, these are my first ducks and i have some questions. My one Cayuga female will be 8 months end of December. Then i have 4 white crested, 3 runners, 2 Golden Hybrid 300s, and 1 Blue Swedish all females, then 1 Blue Swedish Drake, all of whom are 3 months old. So, when do girls start laying? And will they need a nest box or can they use the large hay-filled dog kennel in one of their pens or the playhouse which is their sleeping quarters in their other pen, or will they just pick some random spot? And then, when do males reach their sexual maturity? Mr. Lucky doesn't have his curly tail feather yet, but almost. And finally, how do ducks mate? i mean, do they need to be in water to mate or will they do it on land? And do they stand on top of the girl the way a rooster does? When i was raising a little Black East Indie duck for my friend, i noticed him and my Cayuga in the water a couple times. She was all stretched out and he got on top, like she was a pontoon boat. They tried to make contact, but the size difference was just too much. i'm sure these are all very silly questions to you seasoned duck owners, but i have absolutely no idea and want to be a bit prepared. Thanks!