I raised 6 Dutch Hookbill ducklings from Holderread's last spring. I picked 6 of them up from his place. One died at 3 days old, just never seemed to start eating (I have had chicks do the same thing). The others thrived. I have never raised ducklings before so I don't know how they compare to other breeds, but 5 of the 6 were active and inquisitive right from the start. Have fun with them! I ended up with them after he sold out of the Appleyards. I got 2 drakes and 3 hens, one of the hens was a Dusky, all the rest were Bibbed.