When a hen/duck decides to go broody, does the drake detatch himself more from the female and leaves her alone and not be so or as protective or territorial?? The mom is sitting on her eggs and has been now for at least a good 1 1/2hrs, which has been typical, but usually when she leaves the nest it's when I open up the encloser to let the ducks out to explore play whatever their hearts desire, but if I would get near that door and open it the drake just comes after me and then goes back to the cage this morning though, he was happy to see me, didn't go after me, actually followed me up to our deck where their bigger pool is and if I leave the deck to go down, he will follow and make sure nothing happens to his territory, his woman,nest. But this morning he remained on the deck, I dropped my kids off, went down he didn't run up and down the deck watching what I was doing, she is still sitting and he didn't go nuts about me being there or try and follow me, he's all happy and content on the deck by himself where as before he is not comfortable at all without his girl. So, what is going on?? He's never acted like he has no care in the world since she started laying but today he is, as before he certainly had a care in the world about who and what was around his territory. Could this be a sign that she is going broody and she's relieved him of his protective duties?? Also, IF she has gone broody and I wanted to put back the eggs I took and they only have had 1 day in the incubator, could that cause problems? Will she notice and accept her eggs back and remain broody or should I just leave her with the 3-4 eggs she is laying on if she is going broody?