I impulsively bought five ducklings when I picked up my yearly chicks. They were just SO CUTE! If anything could be cuter than a chick, it's possibly a duckling. Anyway, they told me, "they're pretty much like chicks. Keep them together feed them the same, not a big deal..." I'm finding that not to be the case. I usually research things to death before getting into something new, but farm animals may be my weakness. For one, they EXPLODED in size! They're 6-7 times the size of the chicks already! And they are terribly messy! The water is always full of food, the brooder floor was always soaked, the chicks were wet and splashed with sticky food water. DIY pan with wire to put the watered on helped with a lot of that! But with their size difference, thinking I just need to separate them. They are big enough to go out in a pen and they LOVED eating the grasses and a on of water to swim and splash to their hearts content. Doing internet research, learning a lot, but wanted to get some experienced opinions. First: what kind of ducks do I have? I know two are Khaki Campbell. I suspect one is a Cayuga. Solid black and now the feather tips are coming in, they were shining green in the sunlight. One is mostly gray with yellow. Gray back, neck, head, bill, feet and yellow chest and face markings. The last is a yellow duckling but the bill and feet are tan and the feather tips are brownish. So guessing that's it's not Pekin. Here's a pic of the gang It won't let me add more pics. Hmmmm. I'll try in the comments. Other question involves feed. Can they really just eat chicken feed? I'd like to pasture them as much as possible since we have acreage. Or do they need special supplements? Thanks all for your insight!