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You should handle them a few times a day, both the chocks and ducklings. You can actually take the ducklings outside to play for an hour or so and sit with them, that's how I bond with mine. I lay in the grass and let them run around me and when they get tired or cold they cone and snuggle. I would give them all dandelion leaves but pretty much any green will do, for the ducklings cut them up really really small and float them in the water and put some on a tray for the chicks.
Congrats on your ducklings! Sounds like you have a good setup. I have a flock of chickens and ducks, too. The poster above is right about the niacin. I just went to the grocery store and bought niacin in caplets, the kind you can take apart and get to the powder. The ratio they need is 100 mg per gallon of water. Just measure the amount of water in the dish and sprinkle in the correct amount of niacin powder, put the caplet back together to save the rest. Ducks ALWAYS need access to water they can dunk their heads into as they absolutely need to clean out their nostrils/eyes when they eat.
One thing, make sure the chick starter feed is NOT medicated. That medication will kill ducklings.
Ducks grow WAY faster than chicks so they will outgrow the heat lamp much sooner and need to be moved out. I just fenced off a portion of my chicken coop to separate them and kept them there for a while.
As far as swimming, yes they can swim but only supervised until they get a good amount of adult feathers. Without a mother duck to provide her oil on their fluff, they can get waterlogged and drown.
Ducks are, I would say, about three times as much trouble as chickens but they are a good addition. They eats slugs like crazy and there's nothing more comical than watching them splash around in the kiddie wading pool!
Good luck with your ducks!
This is my setup and the food I use. Can I use the niacin tablets in the water and let the chickens drink it as well? If not I will need to separate them because they share water. They all seem to get along well so I was hoping to keep them together for as long as possible. We went with a very large container for them so that they had plants of room and area that wasn't as warm. Thank you all for the info. It's very helpful!