Hi everyone. I just found your site and it's amazing! I have been reading many of your posts and looking at lots of duck pictures. My husband and I received our first flock of runner ducks from metzer farms last fall and due to a short in an electrical cord for thier heater we lost them all in a fire. we were devestated to say the least. however, this spring on April 4th our new babies arrived from metzer farms. we ordered a mix of runner ducks. we originally had 10 but lost 3 unknown why they died. our 7 remaining are beautiful and healthy. we have 1 chocolate male, 1 choc. female, 1 fawn female, 3 black females 1 blue female. they are so much fun to watch and interact with. they have such personalities. they have free run of our front fenced in yard with a pool, a garden trees and much more. we live in Arizona so they will have year round good weather. they have started laying eggs and i have some questions i am hoping some of you may be able to answer. my husband built a wonderful nesting box with individual spaces for each duck but they won't even go near it. we have found 2 nests cradled in different areas of the yard, safe from trouble and well hidden. one nest has 19 eggs in it as of this morning and the other has 5. my questions are these: 1) the larger nest has so many eggs and we didn't find it until it already had 14 eggs in it (well hidden) i don't know which eggs are oldest and the runner mom doesn't sit on them all of the time. How will I know if these are going to hatch and how long should i wait? will they all hatch around the same time or will the older ones come first? 2) the second nest is located in the garden under some plants in some nice thick grass, my worry is the watering of the garden, will this affect the eggs? i am afraid to move them because they had laid some eggs earlier and i moved them and they never went near them again. 3) the eggs in the larger nest are all different sizes from one that is 1/2 the size of a chicken egg to one that is almost double the size of a chicken egg and they are all different colors, does this mean that more than one duck is laying eggs in this nest? 4) i know runners aren't the best brooders and i really don't have the equipt or the desire to make an incubator what are the chances of survival for the eggs? thank you in advance for any help you can give, we are so excited for new babies!! we hope there are some fertile eggs in the bunch we have seen the male mating with some of the females so we are keeping our fingers crossed.