I've been thinking about adding ducks to our lives for some time now, and finally went ahead & placed my order for Khaki Campbells. Now I'm very much looking forward to their arrival some time during the week of June 9. MMH has a minimum order of 10 ducklings, so I ordered 8 girls & 2 boys. I'll keep half & a friend will buy the other half. These are my plans, please tell me any flaws you detect: I'll start them in a cardboard box, under a light, on straw bedding, for about a week or two. My feed choices are regular chick starter or Purina Flock Raiser, which should I use? In a week or two, when they get a bit more sturdy (& begin pooping more) I'll keep them in a covered bottomless pen in the grass during the days, and bring them back to the box at night. When can I begin to leave them out overnight? When they've fully feathered? At what age are they considered "adult"? Can they eat layer pellets then? For the ducks' pen I'm planning to fence off a 12'x12' section next to the chicken runs, in the lowest dampest end of the paddock. This area sometimes holds water for a day or two after we have heavy rains. The chickens' runs are now hard-pan dirt. Sometimes I'll throw in a wheelbarrow-full of mulch or grass clippings for them to churn into the mix, otherwise I don't clean their runs. Can I keep the ducks' pen like that or will I need to hose/rake it out more frequently? If so, should I cover the ground with gravel, rocks, or concrete? Should I keep their wading pool in the pen or outside of it? I plan to let them free-range all day long like the guineas do. If the pool will add to their mess I'd rather keep it outside their pen so I can move it & its mess around periodically. I have 2 plastic dog houses, each about 2'X3', I planned to use for them to use for sleeping & laying. Do they lay their eggs in the same place they use for sleep? Do they use roosts or sleep on the ground? Do they poop throughout the night, making a mess where they sleep? I was hoping they could use one dog house for a bedroom & the other for a nest box. Are ducks easily persuaded to use a nest box? How about returning to a dog house at night to sleep? I haven't yet told the children -- or the husband!-- about the ducks, hoping to surprise them when the call comes from the post office. So I can't do a lot of work yet on the pen, but I want to at least complete my plans for it. I appreciate all your imput & advice!