So, do you think a broody hen could healthfully raise a small batch of ducks? The ducks just hatched, and since the girl has been broody for over a month, I was figuring I could pop a few ducklings under her tonight. But, on second thought, do ducklings thrive if raised by a broody chicken rather than a duck momma? I was going to give her the little drakelings, since I don't mind if they are more skiddish (they're gonna be roast duck eventually!), and brooder raise the others.