1. Should ducks be covered at night. Do they dislike being in the rain if its not heavy. Tonight i put up a tarp until i get my roof on but I was wondering if they were unhappy standing in the rain at night. Its winter but quite a warm one here. (in the tropics north queensland). 2.How old are ducks when they start to lay eggs. What should i do to get them to start laying if they don't seem to be doing it. Mine are over 9 months now. They are four ducks and one drake. I feed them two double handfuls of laying pellets at night and by day they go out and forage around our place. I think they must get enough to eat since they stop eating through most of they day and only graze in the mornings and late afternoon.