Well, we won't call them dumb- we will call them, "learning". I have four muscovy hens and a runner-mix. Two drake muscovies. I have been getting an average of three-four eggs a day for a couple weeks now. I just recently started collecting- and not eating- the eggs, until the number is up to 11 (would be thirteen but I dropped one onto another.. ). The reason I have been collecting them instead of leaving them in the nest is because the temps are down in the teens at night, and the eggs freeze. Question is this: Muscovies wait until they have a large number before they start sitting. So, if I keep taking the eggs, they dont get that "big number" and they dont go broody? Or if I put a large number out there, will they go broody? My original plan was to collect the eggs, then put a large amount out there and have a duck say: OH, time to sit. lol I am trying to avoid the waste of them freezing, the waste of sticking a bunch out there and they all just keep laying...and the eggs go bad.. Im trying to mess with Mother Nature and need some help. They have chosen an old raised rabbit hutch full of straw to be their nest of choice. One is a rebel and lays her egg under the hutch in a hollowed out area of the ground. I collect that egg too.