Hello We've been keeping a small backyard flock of chickens for five years, and added two Muscovy ducklings this spring - one male, one female. We knew that one of the ducklings was a male, but we just took him along with the female so that they could keep each other company. Our intent was never to breed them. We've never had any of our chickens go broody, but our duck seems to have. Yesterday, she left the nest and the egg, but I could tell she put more effort than normal into making a cozy nest. Normally she just lays it in her spot, but there's no structure or anything. Today she never left the nest. I saw her go in to her house to lay at about 10am, and checked on her twice throughout the day. She was mad at me for disturbing her. In a way we think it would be neat to let her hatch some eggs. We like her eggs, and we like Muscovys - they're so quiet - so it might be nice to keep another female or two. BUT, I have some reservations and some questions. 1. It's October 11th. Can she hatch these ducklings and keep them healthy in fall/winter? We live in Portland, Or., so it's not too cold here. I have no desire to invest in any incubation equipment. If she can't do it all herself, I just don't really have time for it. 2. The male could be her brother. We had been thinking about getting a couple of ducks, and when we went to buy some pullets at our farm store, the pullet guy had these cute ducklings. So it wasn't a complete impulse buy, but... We asked him if ducks would inbreed, and if that was a problem. We assumed they were siblings. He said they were from different mothers, but I have no way of knowing if that was true. 3. The male has angel wing. I know many people believe that that's about dietary imbalances, but others think there might be a genetic link. We didn't know that angel wing was a thing until he was pretty close to grown. As a result, we never tried to correct the growth of his feathers when he was smaller. What if he passed it along to offspring? 4. We do not really enjoy having a drake. He's a bit of a...male. He's pushy and bossy, and tries to mate the chickens as well as the duck. What if we get a whole batch of males? We don't want them. Would others want them? We'll keep our current drake for his entire life, because he's our pet and we commit to our pets, but we won't ever get another. Any advice you have would be great. Also, if we need to get her un-broody, how do we do that?