1. Is a large box with old plushies and food and water with a nice clean cloth good? i cant buy a heat lamp but i have lots of time and lots of christmas lights left
2. what food should i buy?
3. when should they go outside? im planning on making them very tame
4. i have two 20cm kiddie pools can they swim in that while being able to dive?
5. how should i wash them?
6. when should they be shown to water?
1 - you want something you can clean easily without it falling apart. Christmas lights don't really generate heat anymore, so won't do much. Do you have a lamp with a 75 or 100 Watt bulb? - if you can reflect that down to their brooder, that should be ok if brooding inside
2 - if you can't find a duck starter, a flock raiser or unmedicated chick starter will work
3 - depending on where you are or how you do your brooder, any time (if you can do something for heat) they can start outside. I don't brood ducks inside, they smell too much
4 - little ones can dive in the sink, so a small duck pool will be fine. Early swims for young ducklings should be a bit warmer and not too very long. Early swims will help their oil glands develop quicker. Don't leave young ducks along while in the water, they can tire and drown. Once they can reliably get in and out of their pool on their own, they should be ok to let them swim on their own
5 - you don't need to wash them, they will wash themselves
6 - I give ducklings a day to settle in and then get them a quick swim their 2nd day home