We have had baby chicks and currently have a couple in the brooder...I went to the pet shop today to pick up some fish and the kids talked me into two baby ducks. They are the same age as the baby chicks. The pet shop person told me I could put them in with the baby chicks in the brooder, no problem, then they could live their days out with the big chickens once they are adults as long as I supply them with a kiddy pool of water to swim around in.....this seemed all tooooo easy. So here I am at home with two baby ducks and two baby chicks in the brooder...the ducks couldn't drink out of the waterer I had for the chicks, so I had to modify that situation...and they couldn't eat out of the feeder I had for the chicks either...so I modified that...now the food and water are in shallow bowls instead of feeders. (which I'll end up having to change out a couple times a day I'm sure, due to poop) BUT as I research some of the duck stuff, I'm finding out it's not all that simple...or is it? Maybe the web site's I'm reading are babying the ducklings a bit??? the topics of concern are: 1) can't be on shavings....they are...they were at the pet shop too. (they are a week old) 2) can't eat medicated food...the pet shop told me the chick starter I had was fine (it's medicated)...web site info is saying medicated feed will kill them. (they ate a little tonight...right now there is lay mash in there, but the baby chicks shouldn't have the lay mash if I'm recalling correctly because it will give them a calicum overload???) 3) can't go out with adult chickens until they are 8 weeks old...but they are full grown at 3 to 4 weeks according to the info I'm reading. Questions: 1) can they be on shavings with the baby chicks? 2) can they eat medicated chick starter? If not, will the amount they had this afternoon kill them? what can be done? 3) what age do you generally take them out of the brooder and put them in the chicken yard?