I recently found out through the friendly backyard chickens folk that my duck is a Snowy Mallard...and female. Since then she has started laying and has clocked up 7 cute little eggs. I advertised for a boyfriend for her and will take delivery of a normal Mallard drake in the coming week (internet dating is great!) I have a few questions. Google told me that Mallards 'date' during late winter, and nest spring/early summer. 1. being the last month of winter here in Australia, is it too late for my ducks to bond for the coming breeding season? 2. if they only breed once a year, will her eggs be fertile the rest of the time (could I put them in an incubator or under my silkie)? 3. is one girlfriend enough for a mallard drake or will he molest my 2 chickens? (I had a Pekin drake who fell in love with Henny Penny my ISA Brown and nearly killed her with his violent attentions. He's now a stud duck on a duck farm). 4. Daisy seems to lay her eggs wherever she happens to be when she gets the urge...will she make a proper nest when she meets her boyfriend? Thanks for your help everyone!