Hey everyone. My DH has wanted ducks for a while now. By coincidence, a friend has to get rid of her 4 Welsh Harlequin ducks. So we are going to take them. So give me your best pointers and tips on Ducks. My first question being? Can I feed my ducks chicken layer food? They will also be able to free range almost every day, so hopefully will get most of what they need that way. In the winter if they are cooped up will the layer feed be ok. Or alternatively, is there a duck food that will be ok for my laying hens to eat. I was thinking of having drinking water available but have their swimming water outside of the coop. I can put a small kiddie pool outside near the coop and when I let them out each day they will have it available. If I have to be gone for a few days (rare) I can move the pool into the run that is attached to the coop. Its a big fenced in run that the chickens use when I am gone, or in the winter. Does that sound ok? What else? Anything I need to know about transitioning the birds to their new home? Do I need to keep them in the coop for a few days before I start free ranging them and cooping them at night? How do ducks do with this? Do they coop up at night like chickens? Also it is 2 males and 2 females I am getting. After doing a bit of reading in this forum I am thinking we might want to only keep one drake and eat the other guy. About that, she said one set is a male/female pair and the second male/female pair is their children. So I should most likely keep the "father" in this scenario and get rid of the "son" right? I am mostly wanting them for eggs, but since they already are adults it would be cool to hatch some eggs if the ducks set. If I decided to hatch a lot of them I would get a couple more unrelated females from a breeder. Any other tips or things I should know?