Hi there! My name is Ricky and I am 16 years old. Around a month ago I purchased 2 Pekin duck eggs off eBay. I incubated them, and only one made it. My little ducky hatched three days early - three days ago. I can not express how much I love this little guy, it is the best decision I have ever made. This little ducky is what I needed in my life as it gives me a sense of purpose. Right now, I have Finn in a big plastic tub with a towel and heat lamp. I have a towel nest made, and the heat lamp facing the towel nest. I have chick starter as food (high in protein - non medicated), and a small bowl of purified water. I take Finn out every day, many many times and play with them (I am guilty of falling asleep next to them.. I know.. it's dangerous - I try not to). I can barely go anywhere without Finn otherwise the whole house gets a ear full (however, I have a recording of my voice that I play when I need to leave the room - it makes em think I am still there, and they do not freak out). I make sure they get enough heat, enough sleep, enough food/water, and plenty of love and fun! Finn loves to play with the mouse on my laptop screen haha! I have some general questions that I hope some experienced duck owners can help me with! 1) There is such a debate on when it is okay to allow ducklings to start swimming. I was considering allowing em to swim in *SHALLOW WARM WATER*. Finn loves playing in his small water bowl, and I always have to dry em off and put em under the heat lamp. When do you recommend I let Finn swim in a highly supervised, warm shallow water bath? 2) Is there any SAFE way to tell the sex of Finn? I know it is very dangerous to check the sex of em, so I have yet to attempt it (and will not attempt it if there is no safe way). 3) Everyday I take Finn outside and go for a SHORT walk with em. Finn chases after me. Sometimes I do it just to tucker em out so they will sleep and I can have a break lmao. I want him to stay healthy and entertained. I do not keep em outside with me long, and I watch Finn VERY carefully. I understand their need for warmth. Is that alright? --- I have done so much research and considerations as I want to be a successful duck daddy. Do you have ANY suggestions for me? Thank you!