Okay. Ill start out with this. I got my Mandarin Ducks in the fall of 07'. They didnt lay last spring, 08' as ive heard they dont lay their first year. Im expecting them to lay this spring. Ive heard they start around April. Ive already put up their nesting boxes. Now, do you have better luck hatching them in an incubator, or under a broody hen? I've heard that they hatch better under a broody hen rather than an incubator. If so, I would plan to use my silkie hens as broodies. If I use a silkie chicken as a broody hen, do I have to mist the eggs everyday, since duck eggs require higher humidity than chicken eggs? And how would I raise the humidity under the hen when the hatch date approaches? Maybe putting small pieces of wet sponges under her? Also, any other tips on hatching and rearing them would be very appreciated.