Eggs no Eggs

Quack head

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Two Silver Appleyard Ducks and one Drake all born in March 2019.

Six days ago I found my first egg the for the next three days I had egg each day, now for the last two days I do not have eggs? The ducks are put in the Quack House around 6:00pm at night and released around 6:30am. They are allowed to free range during the day and stay in and around our 1/2 acre pond. I walk around the pond every day as a matter of making sure everything is fine and looking for eggs. Found none.

I have two questions:

1. Is this behavior normal? Also, I am not sure which duck is laying eggs, one duck is larger and mates with the drake several times a day. The smaller duck is somewhat treated like an outsider and the drake doesn't pay a lot of attention to her.

2. Is it true ducks seems to lay eggs in the morning hours?

Looking for some explanations. Thanks .. DirtyGun
 

Miss Lydia

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You may have eggs in the pond too! When ducks first lay well even after they have been laying for a while they will lay where ever the notion strikes and they are excellent at hiding them too, just the other day I found a nest of 14 Buff duck eggs hidden in an over grown flower bed. Got those eggs tore up the nest and put a large rock over it. When they first lay they can be sporadic too. Leave an egg inside where they have laid to give a hint this is a good place to lay you can switch out once a week so one doesn’t get nasty but that may help them see this is okay for laying! I have been waiting till 7:30 to let mine out now since finding that hidden nest. Most do Lay in the early morning.
 

Quack head

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It has been over a week since I had any eggs. I assume the larger of the two ducks was laying. I have checked around the pond and looked in the shallow end where they hang out and found no eggs. I have noticed the larger duck not coming to eat treats in the morning. She hangs back and preans her feathers while the smaller duck and drake eats the treats. I have also notice she is a lot larger in the rear than the small duck. Should I be concerned?
 

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