I have a bantam duck pair (of questionable breeding). The neighbor thought they were Call ducks when she asked me to 'rescue' some of her ducklings who had lost there momma duck. However, they look more like East Indie mixes to to me (the female seems to have some 'wild type' coloring with a stripe over one eye and a little grey cheek). The little female has desperately been trying to go broody on whatever eggs she can find (not a difficult task, since the pair is housed with several of my Runner ducks who lay like crazy). The drake seemed at a wee bit of a loss on the days she would hole up in the duck house 'trying' to be broody -- though he didn't seem to mind that much (being the only drake in with four lovely female Runners). One afternoon I went out and he was nowhere to be found and I assumed he was hanging near his bantam female inside the house somewhere. I opened the door and looked in and the female was all by herself on one of the nests. I started to get a little bit worried and then heard some rustling and he emerged from behind the feed bin. The next night when I went to do 'lock up' he was nowhere to be found again and so I peeked behind the feed bin and out he shuffled. At the same time, I noticed that there was a lovely little nest back there with five or six eggs in it. The last few days, anytime I make a visit to the pen he is holed up on that little nest. Is this normal behavior?! He really is a drake. He's got the tell-tale curly tail. And I've seen him 'in action' on several occasions. Are there any types/breeds of ducks where the drake helps incubate the eggs? I'm going to let this go for a few days and try to see how serious this behavior really is. Quite frankly I'm finding it extremely interesting at this point, but maybe it's not that unusual?