Just curious whether anyone has Magpies and what age yours started laying? We have one hen, and she is about 5 months old or little older. She was acting kind of broody (sitting in 'nest" off by herself), but now that has stopped. First time with ducks, so no clue what to expect. I know from other posts it depends on breed of duck, but curious as to what experience Magpie owners have had. Any behavior changes I should look for? Does mating affect when they will start laying (stupid newbie question of the day)? the drakes are now 'active' and had starting mating with the hen. They (drake) have since been separated into separate pen (three drakes and one hen).