Hi, we have a flock of 5 hens and 2 drakes, all Ancona. The girls have now resumed laying well, we had 5 eggs 2 days in a row now, before that was a couple weeks of 3 one day and 2 the next. Anyway, some of the eggs are fertilized and there seems to be a 'nest' area in a protected section of their coop but no broody mamas. When we open the door in the morning they all run out and hit the river for the day.
Are Ancona's known to be broody and if so, when and what should we look for? We'd love to have some baby ducklings around but we want mama to do it.
Is there anything we can do to encourage brooding?