Hi all! In March I acquired my first ducks. I'm now the proud owner of4 Pekins, 1 sweet male and 3 sassy females. I also have 2 adorable little female cresteds. When the male began to breed with the females, I switched them onto a layer feed. Two days ago I found their first egg! Unfortunately it was cracked and the shell was very thin and felt gritty. Today however, my mom found a whole egg. It was perfect and had a nice thick shell, but mom was uncomfortable with us eating or baking it due to the mottled appearance of the shell and the fact that she found it laying in duck poo. I have a couple questions about all this egg business! - My ducks are penned up at night in a chain link dog kennel that has chicken wire over the top to protect them from owls. When the grass starts turning to mud and poo mush, we just wheel it to another part of the yard. Because it's not a coop, the eggs are exposed to the elements. We let the ducks out in the morning so eggs are never in the sun long, but what about rain? - If I were to rig up some nest boxes to place in the pen, would my ducks use them? Or would they just continue to lay on the ground in the poop and mud? - My ducks eat Dumor layer pellets, and there's also now a dish of oyster shells for added protein if they so desire it. Do I feed them later feed forever now, or just in the laying season (presumably spring/summer)? - And perhaps my biggest question! How do I prepare the duck eggs for eating and baking?!