I currently have two mama ducks on one nest that has about 5-6 eggs under it. The one duck is a Muscovy and the other is a Blue Swed. They are very protective over their nest together and will gang up on any chicken, duck, dog or person that comes near it. Just last night I got chased around the chicken coop by them from being too nosy due to seeing a little baby pop its head out from under the Blue Swed. All dried off and being taken care of the two mamas. Now I normally take the babies right away from the mom and put them in a secure enclosure in our garage due to having previous rat/mice coming in and killing the previously babies. Now I will see a rat/mouse every once and a while and have stuff in place to help eliminate that problem but I am wondering since the mamas are so aggressive with protecting should I leave them as is and place some type of shelter around them so nothing can get in and that way they have their own food and water as well? They still have the rest of the eggs to go so making the mom is out of the question. I had a chicken last year that was totally crazy over her babies and they ended up growing up and fine even with the rat/mice break ins.
Looking for the best interest in the babies but would really like to leave it with the mom...not sure what to do.