My husband and I mantain a mixed flock of approximately 60-65 chickens. We also have 8 ducks: Ancona Hen and Drake Khaki Hen and Drake Indian Runner Drake Fawn Runner Hen 3 Rouen Hens As of right now ducks and chickens all live housed together (quite harmoniously might I add). I sell the eggs that I get from everyone, and occasionally we will butcher a chicken for a meal. Eventually I want to start hatching baby chicks, but for now my chickens are just a source of enjoyment to me. I have however decided that I would like to try my hand at hatching ducklings. I'd like to try a strictly brooding approach. No incubators or intervention. Just go for it with behaviors and natural instinct. Right now everyone is housed in a huge coop (converted carport). We have two heat boxes for the colder evenings, 20 nesting boxes, three roosts, the feed/water set up, and a duck pond. We also have a brooding setup (when we buy chicks), a chick coop (before they get released into general population) and two breeding coops with nesting boxes. I can do everything up to brooding. I will admit I have no knowledge in that area. So any tips on how to get my hens to brood? Picking the correct brooding hen? Brooding ducklings to hatch? Thanks in advance.