nursemaid broody hens
I'm still in the research stage, but I would like to raise indian runner ducks for meat, eggs, bug control and entertainment. I figure I would also need a few broody hens for nursemaids. What breed would you choose? I'm looking for docile heat-tolerant good foragers and scratchers. I was thinking maybe brahmas, since a large breed might do better against hawks and such. Plus the drakes wouldn't hurt them. I hear people use Old Game hens, but they sound unfriendly. And people use bantams, but would they be okay in the flock? For this, I really don't care about meat or eggs, just easy care and broody.
Is there a strain of large broody nursemaid hens that could raise ducklings?