Flock of five (females in front)
Our happy flock - now down to three, at 20 weeks - one dark and one light female and a beautiful green-headed drake!
As of this weekend, our flock of 5 (3 of which were male) became an elegant flock of 3, with a picture perfect male and two females who are head over heels for him! Having culled, we got rid of some fighting and dominance issues and now the dynamics seem to be good and everyone is happy (plus we had a nice supper to boot). All this to say, part of the reason is that by design, we let our ducks run free range but we also built an insulated coop with a protected run that is only meant for three ducks, and today, at 20 weeks +/- and the temperature truly dropping near 0 at night, everyone is bound to be comfortable in there. Lastly though, we have been waiting for an egg! The ducks are definitely already mating and I’m not sure if that’s any indication of maturity, but I haven’t seen eggs in their coop and we keep them locked till about 7am. I wondered if making nest boxes (currently they have just a closed-in area lined with pine shavings) would help them in some way? Should I just leave their little home as is? Do I need to dig through the shavings daily to look for the eggs? We are using the composting bedding method - which has been quite nice and effective so far.
Any egg-laying advice would be greatly appreciated! (Pictures for cuteness points!)