Most of the time, geese and ducks sleep at night right on the water. Eagles and hawks aren’t a threat because they also sleep during the night, and any predator swimming after the birds would send vibrations through the water, waking them up. Small islands work, too.
|Clutch Size:||1-13 eggs|
|Number of Broods:||1-2 broods|
|Egg Length:||2.1-2.5 in (5.3-6.4 cm)|
|Egg Width:||1.5-1.8 in (3.9-4.5 cm)|
|Incubation Period:||23-30 days|
The runner duck, the Cayuga, the blue Swedish and the buff duck are among the top layer ducks, averaging up to 180 eggs per year. Poor egg layers such as the mallard may lay as few as 60 eggs a year. Some specialized varieties such as the white layer duck can produce nearly 300 eggs a year.
Ducks that are being kept as pets might enjoy it when you play with them or interact with them in certain ways. When a duck wags its tail, this could be an indication that the duck is happy or excited in some way.