We have an excellent mamma hen that is either broody or raising chicks. She is getting finished raising a bunch of ducklings for a local lady that breeds Runner Ducks. It's a great arrangement because she is such a stubborn broody that without eggs she would starve herself to death. You could kick her out of the coop for a week and as soon as she gets a chance she's back on the next box. After the ducklings hatched, we put a bunch of eggs from our Japanese hens in the incubator. I really don't feel like raising chicks. She has really spoiled us by hatching and raising whatever we give her. With an obligate mother hen like her, would she accept brand new chicks even though she didn't brood or hatch them herself? I know a couple times we had problems with duck eggs being too dry so we took them away from her for a day or two to hatch in the bator and she accepted them back just fine. I was just wondering if anyone has had good mamma hens that would raise babies they didn't hatch.