HI All! OK, so I have indian runner ducks and previously have only hatched eggs in an incubator. None of my females have EVER acted broody at all even a little bit until now, and I have heard that runners usually aren't very good mothers, so I never looked too much into letting them hatch naturally. Now one of my ladies lately is always on her egg when I come to take it in the morning and doesn't seem too happy about having to leave it. So realizing today that she seemed to actually be going broody, I decided to let her keep an egg and see if she would sit on it and she has stayed with it all day except to eat and drink once in the morning. SO, I want to let her try and hatch a few eggs, but since I only have a small flock and am trying to collect some now for hatching in an incubator I will only want to risk a couple. SO NOW WHAT? Should I wait to see if she keeps sitting this one egg for a few days before saving some others to put under her all at once? If so, then what do I do with the first egg if it's already developing? What would happen if I let her just keep whatever eggs are layed in the next two days and sit on all of them (so they would be a few days apart in age)?? She is currently in a breeding pen with only one other female and a drake, so there are only 2 eggs a day for hatching, and it will take me a while to save up enough for a decent clutch size, but I was thinking maybe just let her sit like 4-5 and see what happens... What do you guys think?? ALSO, the reason I have been waiting till now to collect eggs is because my ducks are still molting a little bit (it seems to take forever with this guys, don't know if its just the breed or if ducks just take a long time??) and I figured the eggs would be better quality if I waited till they were completely past the molt. BUT, they are mostly done and have continued laying eggs more or less consistently throughout and if I wait much longer the babies will be young going into winter... will the eggs collected from them now be good ones?? I guess I'm kinda anxious to get started =D THANKS in advance for any advice!!!