So I've been doing a lot of research, but I haven't really found anything from someone in my situation, so I figured I'd make a post and see if I could get responses specific to myself.
Anyways, I have wanted ducklings for as long as I can remember; things just seem to be aligning now that would make it more possible as opposed to a year ago. I am currently on summer break from college at my mom's house, and the land is nicely suited for ducks. I am looking at getting four day-old Pekin ducklings. My issues are that I work the second shift (3:30pm-midnight) M-F; I'm not sure if that would be too long away from ducklings, even if they have each other. Is there a way to adjust sleep schedules/down-time so that it'd be more resting/sleeping when I'm away? Is that ethical? There is also the fact that I am going back to school mid-August, and I wouldn't be able to bring them with me. It's worth noting, however, that my mom is a head-of-school and has mentioned before getting a "school-duck" (interesting idea, I know haha), and I figure with the Pekin's natural friendly nature combined with being nicely socialized, that the ducklings would be good companions at the school.
I guess what I'm struggling with is even though I want ducklings immensely, I would hate to bring them into an unhealthy environment that would stunt their emotional growth.
Thanks in advance for any help you guys may be able to give me, and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!