I feel horrid as I read many of these posts, to know lots of folks treat their ducks as their pets. I love to watch them on the pond but I bought 4 Pekins and 5 Rouen ducklings with the thought of them hopefully raising their own ducklings and putting a few every Fall in the freezer. Now I'm feeling guilty!!! My ducks and chickens both free range but come into the henhouse through the day to eat grain. I have l6% layer mash in a 3 gal. hopper set up which costs me $l5.00/l00lb bag. I think its the ducks that are eating me out of house and home! I have 20 chickens plus the 9 ducks and I fill that baby every other day! Am wondering should I separate the ducks and feed them down at the pond on some other cheaper feed like cracked corn? Have 2 males & 2 female Pekins and 3 Rouen males and 2 females. plan to put all but one male of each breed into the freezer for duck dinners. Anyone doing the same out there? Huh Huh?