Hello, I'm new and I specifically sought out a good forum because my black runner is sitting on 12 eggs right now and I'm not entirely sure what to do. I've read a bit about how to let her take care of her own but I had a couple questions.
She is in the same yard and hutch (at night) with 7 other birds (2 males, 5 females) and in the same yard with 1 male muscovy and 2 females. Is it safe to let her raise her chicks with the other ducks around or should I pen her off?
Also when it comes to food, I've seen a couple recipe's for homegrown duckling food but that seemed to be for when you're raising them not a duck. Should I just let her find them food or feed them out of her dish or should I put special food in for them?