These things happen. You lay some eggs, walk away for a minute to stretch your legs, maybe eat some corn, then when you come back you’re not like one-hundred-thousand percent sure which nest you used. A lot of nests look the same, okay? And the same with eggs. So you just grab one without any crackies and cross your fingers for the next thirty days until they hatch.
That’s how a hen like Hilda ended up with five baby ducks.
According to the Daily Mail, who of course broke this story, Hilda seems to have absolutely no idea that her babies are a different species. She will have to face the facts, however, when her babies start swimming in the barnyard pond.
We only hope that somewhere in the area a lady duck is now the proud mother to a healthy bunch of baby chickens.