So, I have 6 ducks right now. Three of them are 22 weeks old, the other three are 11 weeks old. I'm hoping to get eggs from the first batch before winter gets here because if I'm not mistaken, they should start laying in a couple weeks(please correct me if I'm wrong, I don't fully understand how the seasons affect the egg cycle). I'd like to get them switched over to an egg layer type feed, but I'm free feeding them all together. Will it hurt the younger ducks to eat that as well? I've been having an issue because I feel like my older ducks are getting pretty fat. Especially my Cayuga drake and my Blue Swedish hen. I'm currently feeding a 50-50 mix of Nutrena Chick Starter non-medicated(because I can't get a hold of any grower around here) and scratch grains to help lower protein. I can't seem to find anything with a lower protein content until they're old enough for layer feed. I've considered getting an actual duck feed, but the only one I can get in the area is to special order Mazuri duck maintenance and it would double my feed bill. Is there something I'm missing or is protein the only thing I should be looking out for? I'll post pictures because I don't know how to judge very well, but I just know that my Swedish looks too chunky. I know they're a bigger breed and that it's probably normal for her to be as thick as my drake, but she doesn't seem to get around as well anymore. It doesn't want to load well, so I've just got a picture of my swedish(my drake is the same size) and my cayuga hen, who I think is at a decent weight in comparison, but I'd like opinions. I'm also not sure how much to feed in general. I free feed, but since getting the younger ones added in, I feel like they go through a ton of feed lately, which they never did before. I use a plastic horse feed scoop to measure, which I fill half way each morning. That's all they get for the day between the 6 of them, other than their daily turnout, which is a fenced enclosure, about 20x20 ft. They get occassional treats, like peas, blueberries, and mostly red kale from the garden.