So as I posted recently my ducks have started to lay! Now, I have no idea about collecting the eggs, or ducks brooding. Let me know everything you know about collecting your eggs, and ducks brooding. I need to know all the do's and dont's! Here are a few questions... 1. Where I live its very cold, how long can I keep them out in the cold before they are no good to hatch? 2. How soon can a female duck go broody after she lays her first eggs? 3. Will another duck steal her eggs to sit on them? Another female seemed very interested in her eggs [as well as a few males]? 4. Do ducks stay with their partners? While my girl was laying her egg a male stayed right by her side and wouldn't leave her. All the other ducks fled into their run when I opened the roof of their house but he stayed right by her side and kept an eye on what I was doing. 5. I added a nesting box [milk crate with hay] because she was laying her eggs all over the duck house. I moved the eggs into the crate so she would get an idea. Will she get the idea of where to lay them now?