I apologize in advance for potentially starting a new thread on an existing topic, but I've searched and probably not using the right key words. I am new to ducks (and chickens) and not sure how to handle our first eggs from the ducks. We have no roosters, so the chicken eggs are easy, collect and eat. The duck eggs, not so much, as I DID have two males (one was eaten last week by a local predator that we have yet to identify), so still have one left. I do not want to eat the duck eggs...and honestly, don't care if we have baby ducks (think it will be fun and cool!). My question is this: Does the duck need to sit on her nest all the time for the eggs to hatch? Do they instantly sit on the nest, or wait for it to fill up? I don't want them to just sit out there and rot, but don't have/want an incubator, either. (I want nature to take it's course, just be nice if I have a clue how it all works out). My male is currently in a kennel with bumble foot, so not sure any of the upcoming eggs will be fertilized (he's been in there for two days...we were gone all day yesterday, so not sure if the eggs were laid before his confinement or not). Don't know how long the duck can lay fertilized eggs post-"activity" (did read the females can store semen in their curvy "pipes"...). Please forgive my stupidity or novice-ness....trying to google answers but apparently, I'm not asking it the right way. Haven't noticed a duck wanting to sit all the time, but there are feathers and leaves all around the hole she dug for them. Thankfully, it's in our pen and not out in the yard somewhere (they free range, except at night, now that we know something has a desire for duck meat around here). Thanks in advance!