Hey everyone. Recently we got a male mallard and I female, however the lady did not know the breed. She said that she had ordered two pekins, but obviously it didn't turn out like that. After looking at a ton of pics of ducks, it would seem that the female is a blue Swedish hen. She has just began to lay and has laid one egg per day for the past 6 days. My questions are: will she continue to lay for the whole year (on exception to molting); is there something special that she will need to feel safe to continue laying; will the mallard fertilize her eggs, and if so, when; my chicken lives amongst them is that a problem? The pen is a former chicken coop that has access to an outdoor area and there is a pool out there for them. I have noticed that half of the time she had laid outside and the other half she has laid right next to my hen's egg (literally the eggs are touching; my chicken didn't figure out that she could fly so she lays on the ground). Is that because she doesn't have a true place to lay? We do want to keep one batch of ducklings but if she does lay every day how many will she keep to nest on? Sorry for all of the questions, it's difficult to find info on the Swedish ducks! I just want for them to be healthy and happy and not feel like they aren't in their natural environment. Thanks for any input!