Hi all, My family and I live out in the country here in WV. My kids went swimming in the river, were there about 2 hours. When I finially went to check on them the kids were walking back and asked me if I could hear the baby ducks. I looked over the bank into the river and these 3 baby ducks were frantically swimming along us in the river trying to keep up with us. When we stopped walking, they climbed the steep bank to get to us. (I have video). The kids said the ducklings swam with them the whole time, no mommy around. I didn't think mamma ducks left their babies, so we brought them home. I know the hawks would get them soon if we didn't. So, I've done the basic research on careing for them. They have already grown in 4 days. After they came home and I got them some food it was like they came to life! They are so much fun. My daughter is a great mamma duck so far. They are camping it in her room. My questions are : 1. Can you tell what they are? I usually see malards on my river and ponds. They look like baby mallards from what I can tell. 2. Can you tell which are boys and girls? 3. What is the likleyhood of us raising them and they winter with us and live with us happily ever after? If they want to migrate, I plan on letting them. 4. Is it normal baby duck behavior to come up to people when their mamma is gone? Did we do the right thing bringing them home?