My drake was trying to breed his 3 ducks this morning. He was atop one and it looked like she was willing moving her tail aside. She is a year old and was laying last Sept when I got her. My question is this. We are in a mild snap now 2nd day from severe cold ,snow, ice the whole bit. Had single digit F temps. Today is the first I have seen him trying. He is just 5 months. Will these ducks begin laying now he has started up the breeding rituals and may actually have mated them or will they lay according to light, temps etc, I don't know if getting bred causes their bodies to produce eggs or its " that was a great 5 sec but I'm not ready to lay yet" I'd like to hear especially from you folks that get cold winters, should I prepare nesting areas for them now, last year they used them. There will be lots of cold to come on the east coast of Canada. Maine would be a USA reference to where I am for my American friends.