I was the home room mom who brought the duck eggs in for the class and since the two have hatched my husband and daughter would like to try and keep them. I have a bunch of questions. I have the Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks but I still have a few items I am not clear on. When can ducklings start having lettuce etc? (They are on starter now) Do they need grit when started on these? When can they be housed on an outside screened porch? (In a pen) North Florida We live in a neighborhood and have a creek that goes to the river behind our house. I know you can't let them loose there but can I keep them in our yard when they get older. The picutures show the backyard. You can't see it in the picture but the fence has a three foot or a little higher mesh around it to keep in our little dog. We do have hawks, owls and some racoons there are about 100 feet of wetland area behind the fence. Will they mess with the adult ducks during the day? I would have something to put them in at night. Sorry about the long post.