I have a mix breed female duck that is 3 years old. Every year she has tried to hatch eggs but something always happens. The first year she was able to hatch 1 baby and I was able to pen him up until he was old enough to run around. I think a combination between our livestock guardian dog and the neighbors dog were eating her eggs. The second year she hatched 5 but in less then 24 hours the dogs had got them all! This year she layed her eggs right by the house but again the first group of eggs disappeared so we built a small pen around where she was laying the eggs so that she could go in and out but nothing larger then her could get in. She was able to hatch 3 ducklings and much to our surprise 3 chicks lol sadly less then three weeks later they escaped out of the temporary pen and are all gone. So now I am off to the store to buy fencing material to build a pen for all the ducks. Now here is my question. Since she lost her babies do you think she will start laying again and try to hatch more or is it getting too late in the year? I don't know what breed she is. She is grey with a little white on her chest and about the size of my ancona hen.