Having started with Mallard drakes, we've had two Swedish hens for 15 months now. This is our first egg laying season. The girls started in mid-February, and despite the brutal heat of this summer, they've only skipped a few days here and there. By my count, they've each laid about 190 eggs over 200 days. (We haven't bought eggs from a store since February, and have done a lot of baking over the past 8 months.) But for about 3 or 4 days in a row now, seemingly nothing. Unless they are hiding them better than usual (which is always possible – every now and then we've found a new spot, and just a few days ago, fished an egg out of the pond, with its shell dissolved away and the egg bloated to a large size). Should we expect that this is the end of the season? We're off on vacation in a few days, and were thinking about leaving the duck/house sitter with the non-calcium fortified food instead of the egg layer diet. We had promised the duck sitter fresh eggs any day she wanted, but alas, I think we're down to perhaps the last half dozen in the fridge. Or should we expect a few more random days of laying? Mind you, if I was producing 5% of my body weight per day in eggs for 7 months straight, I think I'd be ready for a break, too.