My Buff/Runner cross Violet is in the process of hatching her first ducklings after being an excellent broody. She has 6 eggs and so far has hatched 2. I'm trying to get everything set up for the babies so all's ready when she lets them off the nest. I have two 4 oz. jelly jars with water and an egg carton filled with unmedicated chick starter set near the nest (or as near as I can reach without Violet getting mad), and I'm off to get brewer's yeast to sprinkle on it later today. Here's my question -- how do I provide food and water for Violet in a way the ducklings can't access? She eats pelleted feed, and I'm not sure how to give her water deep enough to clean her face without risking ducklings drowning in it. If someone could share their duckling-and-broody-momma setup I'd appreciate it. Also, they are in a shed right now, but the door to the pen's open and I've retrofitted the ramp to make it duckling-friendly (added sides so they can't fall off and raised treads for traction). I've been keeping Violet's feed and water outside in the pen to encourage her to take a break from her broodiness, but now how can she get off to eat without the ducklings following her outside? Is it okay if they go outside with their momma? Or should I somehow bring her feed and water into the shed and lock her in with them? Any advice for this newbie would be appreciated!