We just got some ducklings today and are hoping to put them under one of our broodies. We have three broody hens right now, and the one I was thinking I'd put them under has raised chicks before and was a good mama. The other two have never gone broody before. I know it's better to do it in the evening, but I put the box out next to where our hen is, let them peep in there for a few minutes, then snuck one under her. She pecked at it once, but then seemed fine and settled back in with it under her. So I snuck a second one under, and she jumped up and went to the other side of the broody box she is in, and wouldn't go near them. I ended up bringing them into the house and am going to wait until this evening when it's dark to try again. Should I try again under the same broody or would she be wise to me or something now? As I said, I do have two other broodies I could try (though one has only been broody for less than a week, so it may be too soon, but the other is sitting on eggs that are due to hatch any day, so I could put those eggs under the one I wanted to raise ducklings.
Thanks so much!