I took in a group of older Pekin ducks a few months ago. I have one drake and five females. The ducks are 7 years old, according to the man who gave them to me. He didn't really say anything about them, just brought them to me and dumped them in a pen then left. I am not sure he spoke a lot of English. Since I have gotten them, I have not seen the male showing any interest in mating, while my chickens are constantly doing so...is this unusual, or is it normal for me to not catch them in the act? I've never had ducks before. Also, I have only gotten one egg, it was not in the nesting area but in the mud near their pool, and looked as though it had been rolled around a lot in the puddles, it was so covered in mud and poop it took me a while to realize it was an egg and not just a ball of mud. Since then, no more eggs, and no apparent signs of interest in laying or getting in the nesting area. Are these ducks just old and done laying? Or are they a seasonal layer, only a certain time of year? If they are not going to lay eggs anymore, we're going to butcher them, we've just been waiting to see if we can get eggs from them to hatch another generation of ducks. Is it possible that the problem is just the heat? It's been 80-110 degrees just about every day since we got them...but if they won't lay when it is over 80, then ducks aren't really a good choice in Arizona--by the time it cools off, the days will be so short they won't want to lay because they don't get enough light!