If I hadn't caught a comment on one posting telling that mama ducks get off the nest to eat, drink, and go for a swim, I would have passed out by now! My Pekin mama started sitting on the 16th. Never had a nester before, but she has a new beau, laid 16 eggs and started sitting. (I swiped 4 eggs to cut the count to 12 eggs. The duck and I are new at this.) She seems so hot and I worry that she is not getting enough water. She has an auto-water bowl, and another bowl I placed near her nest. She has come off the nest the last two evenings and gone for a swim, doodled in the mud and ate grass. How long do sitting hens stay off the nest during one "outing"? (Sitting, or setting??) Does a new mama know when enough is enough, and go back to her eggs instinctually? Do I need to candle eggs in a few days? Since I have the live "incubator", I assume I just wait and see what hatches. Right? Does this mama need any add nutrition? She has been eating "game fowl" mix from the feed store. I have now added peas. Thanks for your patience, folks.