Before you mail-order ducklings or other chicks, think about this: We are in the bad weather season. Depending on where you live, where your favorite hatchery is located and how the USPS is routing your package bad things can happen to your birds. Packages might be exposed to cold conditions overnight or be delayed due to bad weather.
That is my reason why i will wait until mid February before ordering ducklings.
I hatched my first eggs out last spring. They hatched May 31st and it was the perfect time for our location. We are just northwest of Atlanta. I had to do very little worrying about keeping them warm with a heat lamp because the weather was already getting so warm. If I were to do more hatching I'd definately wait and do it at the same time. I can't imagine having to worry with babies this time of the year. It would be a lot of work for sure and I don't think I'd be able to sleep for worrying about them.
We hatched our first ducks in October and kept them inside till the worst part of winter was over. I live in Missouri where the weather is bi-polar. Just keep a heating lamp over them and they will be nice and warm. We got our from Metzer farms both egg and live ducklings. Crackle hatchery also has them.