I got two new ducks this past Saturday. Lovely people here at BYC helped me sex my last duck which was a female and has since started laying. How long does it take a female's eggs to become fertile after having no male around? I'd had her for almost 5 weeks without a male. I know one of the ducks I got this past Saturday is definitely male. The other one I am not totally sure about. Now for the picture of the new guys! Right now, they are currently in with my chickens as I only have one pen. I don't let my critters free range except on weekends when both my husband and I are home. We have huge coyotes and a fox den on the property, so I am a bit terrified of letting them out without someone being here that can take care of the issues in case a coyote or fox starts after them. The coyotes have already killed off several of my cats. I will be building a pen just for the ducks with a small pond for them. Can't wait! Anyway, any info will be appreciated. I've only had ducks since January 20th when I bought my first female. I have grown to love them and now want some Cayugas and possibly Khaki Campbells. We will probably breed a few Mule Ducks for meat later.