I have 4 female Muscovy ducks that are 7 months old and one male also 7 months. Because it has been so dreadfully cold I was not expecting egg laying although the male has been pestering the females for a month at least. The ducks are housed in an unheated metal shed and for extra insulation I packed in a lot of leaves around a large wood box that is filled with straw and pine chips for them. I also have other leaves that I have in the big leaf bags that you get at the big box stores like Menards. I saw an egg in the loose leaves the other day and went to look. There were at least four others in the same area. I went back later and the eggs had been covered up. Later I found an egg in with the leaves in the big leaf bag. None of the ducks seem to be actively sitting on any eggs although they tend to stay near the egg area. Do I just leave them alone and hope for the best? I don't know how they would be able to find the egg in the leaf bag. If they are not sitting on the eggs as the temperature drops down to single digits, is it possible for the eggs to still be viable? If I touch the eggs, like to count them or see if there are additional ones, does that bother the females?