Hi! We got an interesting request from a friend who raises and breeds Call ducks. She knows we have tons of broody birds here and originally was wondering if we could use some broody chickens to hatch out her eggs and raise the ducklings until they begin to be weaned off of Mamma. Then we give them back for her to select who goes into the breeding pen and who is sold as a cull. Basically, we'd be the incubators. But when we told her that it was our 'Scovies who were the baddest birds on the block, hissing and biting everything in site while broody, she wondered if we could use them. She has two reasons for wanting this arrangement. One: wants to test a theory that naturally incubated and mother-raised Call females will grow up to have a broody tendencey (I explained that I don't think it worked that way: she said she wanted to give it a try anyway.) And also, none of her chickens OR Calls ever go broody, she says! She wanted us to try and hatch some of her babies out in the spring. We have a small pond, too, so basically, we do have the necessities. But do we have the management abilities? So, we're wondering how this could possibly work...we could separate Momma duck with her eggs in a dog crate and let her loose to go swimming a few times a day. But what about when the babies hatch? Would our own ducks try and hurt the babies? (We have one Call drake ourselves, as well as 2 Call hens and one other 'Scovy hen). This is only a thought right now...obviously we'd have some issues that need working out, should be wish to go through with this. We already know that chickens and baby ducks cannot meet. Our chickens are vicious. But we've never had ducklings meet our adult ducks. For what it's worth, our Drake is a tiny, shy and polite gentleman. He's a good boy. Ideas or experiences?