Our neighbor had a mama duck on her pond with a clutch of eggs. One day they went out to the pond and found the mama duck dead. So, they asked us if we had a hen that might hatch the eggs. Our broody hens were delighted to do it! I have four hens who fought over the privilege to sit on those eggs. And, once they hatched, they fought over who would mother them. It was pretty funny.
We just chose one hen and separated her with the ducklings, but every day when we let the chickens out to scratch, the other 3 mamas get up close and try to do their thing too. These ducklings are learning everything they need to know about being a chicken.
And a little about being a cuddle stuffed animal too.
They are super adorable right now, but with seven of them, I know they will quickly get messy. When they are big enough, we will send them back to their home on the pond. But until then, we will have all kinds of duckling fun.