My baby Pekin, "Annie" is about one month old now - maybe 5 weeks and BOY is she growing fast! never seen a baby animal grow so quickly! She's being raised by a broody Silkie mama (chicken) along with have same-age Blue Copper Marans chick. Annie is very bonded to her adoptive mama and sister, which brings me to the first of several questions that I have for more experienced duck keepers. Because Annie is so attached to her little chicken family, she seems quite fearful of me, and she doesn't like me to let pet her or pick her up. Is there any way to try to get het more comfortable with me? Ivette to discover any treat that gets her too excited so I'm not sure that treat enticements will work. Any other ideas? Second question: although she's growing insanely fast, she's still totally covered in her soft yellow down. When will her "real" white feathers start appearing? Next question: I've tried to get her interested in splashing in some shallow water, but she seems to hate it, and she scrambles out as fast as she can waddle. Since it's supposed to be 75 degrees today, overset out a plastic pan that's about 1.5 feet wide by 2 feet wide in the yard with about 3-4 inches of water in it, and a rock in the middle for safety. I'm hoping that this way she will discover water on her own, but is there a better way to introduce her to getting into the water. And last but not least, I'm obviously to find out as soon as I can whether Annie is actually an Andy. I notice that when she peeps excitedly (and loudly!), the timbre of her voice is slightly raspy. Could this mean she's male? Or do I just have to wait until she starts actually emitting real quacks. When do ducklings stop squeaking and start quacking? Thanks so much for all the wise info for this first time duck keeper!