So, I've had ducklings hatch out before but due to many things (moving etc), I've never had them for more than 6-8 weeks. How long can I expect my current mom to remain with her, now 6 week old, ducklings? She still sleeps on the floor of the coop with them and tries to referee the little drakelings arguements. She still gets upset when I come too close. I did catch her in the nest yesterday pulling in more nesting material but I'm pretty sure she hasn't started laying yet. I know if I take ducklings away, then mom will go back to laying quicker but I want all of my birds to be able to brood and raise their own. Except, for the now 3, little boogers who are feather picking who are sleeping in the garage and have a daytime pen. Annoying little boogers (all drakelings who are picking at the ducklings) making me work harder.