So anyway, within the last few days(yesterday, I believe), one/a few ducks laid 3 eggs, and another one today. They were temporarily handled(carefully, with gloves, and only the first 3 before the 4th was laid) to put some hay under them(they were laid directly on the blue gravel, so this was the smart choice). So we have 4 eggs. The mother was sitting on them when I looked earlier today(about 8am....freezing cold), but she isn't currently sitting on them during the day(to the best of my knowledge). Is this normal? When/should I start seeing her on them more and more? I'm also expecting another 20-odd eggs assuming the 20-30 egg average for muscovy's, and they have plenty of food(and more than enough water). And when they hatch, should they be kept inside and warm or should they be allowed to do what nature intended? We are hoping to breed them for meat and/or to sell. An incubator is out of the question currently, until my parents make up their mind as to what they want to do in the long run. Thanks. EDIT: Someone didn't count them properly, and there are actually 5 eggs now. 1 was hidden beneath some straw, as can be seen here; The top left egg doesn't look like the rest, much smaller and different coloured(???) It could just be the flash.