My Pekin duck, Preacher has definitely started laying. This morning, I found a beautiful hard shelled egg in their pen - I'm not sure which of my two girls laid it, but was thrilled with my first "present". I let them free range all day long in my backyard today, as I was working from home and it was gorgeous outside. I noticed that my Preacher had separated herself from the other ducks, and was lying in the grass. I assumed that she was not the original egg layer, and was keeping up with her sister. I later found a soft shelled egg in the lawn, and noticed that Preacher was still lethargic and limping a little. I decided that I'd give her a warm bath, and see if she was having a hard time laying. She spent 30 minutes in the tub - and as she was waddling back outside, she did lay a tiny soft shelled egg - I'm not certain if it cracked when it hit the floor, but there was a slit in the top of it - although the entire egg was contained in the soft shell. She went back outdoors to her buddies, and hung around them for a bit, ate and enjoyed some peas ~ but, she's not right. I have her separated from the group in a dog kennel in my garage - as luck would have it, I did run out of duck food three days ago, and have been dealing with a family emergency - they have been eating kitten food - I know, terrible... But, we are dealing with a close relative who has discontinued dialysis treatments and I just have not had time to get to the farm store between ferrying out of town family members to the hospital, saying goodbye, and everything else in between. I will go to the farm store tomorrow. I guess my long rambling post is this: is this normal behavior for a duck who just begins laying? Am I doing the right thing? I did cut up some kale and put it in her water. She's my favorite duck, she's actually in love with me ~ and I don't want to lose her. I also don't want a vet bill. I just paid the $1,500 bill from my naughty Rouen duck's adventure last month. I can't afford that again. Please help, I'm new at this and trying my best.