Finally the eggs have hatched. We have eleven ducklings. Momma was wonderful with sitting. She’s still broody over her babies. Information about the set up we have. They are outside in the little house they were laid In, which has been given fresh hay. The enclosure is 20 ft long, 7 ft wide and 6 ft tall. Covered in chicken wire so no predators can get in. They have a good amount of shade throughout the day. But they’re too young to be venturing out. I set up a water dish specifically for ducklings in there with some chick starter. So a few questions. 1) when is the safest yet earliest time I can separate the mother from the ducklings? My husband and i are trying to hand raise them as much as possible so they’re socialized to us. The intention is to have the new, more socialized generation be our breeders. 2) I was reading something about niacin and adding that to their food and a higher protein food. Any brand suggestions. (I am on a bit of a budget though) 3) I’m confused about this whole starter and finishing off food stuff. Any way someone can make or link me to a simple chart for how and what kind of food for the different growth cycles.