I am having a conflict of experience involving baby ducks. I have three muscovy hens and a muscovy drake. I want them to breed naturally, brood naturally,hatch naturally,and raise their ducklings without my help naturally (except for food and water). The conundrum is this: some people say baby ducks shouldnt swim until they get fully feathered.but what about wild ducks,or ducks in natural areas? I havent seen anyone go to wild duck mommas and say" momma duck, you cant let your ducklings swim until they are fully feathered!". My ducklings will be raised by momma, naturally. no brooder,no heat lamp,no pampered poop at all.momma duck will have all the oils for their babies under their butts.ducklings go into water,get a tad cold,come out and go under mommas butt for warmth. so why cant they swim naturally? whats the big deal? why people so spooked? nature selects who lives and dies.