I hope that's ok. I currently have 4 mucovy ducklings, there actually 3wks today. Now i got them at a few days old from my farm supply and starting brooding them in the house we were still pretty cold at the start of May and even today despite a warm week-end are barely creeping into double digits... (for those who follow F im 52F) They appear to be doing well, growing and the feathers are starting to come in. Now onto my questions lol - There on a chick starter(non-medicated) how long do i use this? i keep getting varying responses from general searches on google and books and heck even the feed supply - Do i feed other things? like should there be more to there diet than just this chick starter. - When can they go outside? being there only at the start of feathering, i gather i need a pretty mild temp, we've also been raining like crazy and practically nowhere is dry... should i pen them up on a mild day so they can forage and bring them back into my brooder box at night? Obviously, at this point i have no clue on genders but i keep reading conflicting things about drakes.. ie; nasty, terrible pets best suited for dinner These ducks will be left to free range daily to help control flies and pests, we have horses. They will be shut in at night to avoid becoming a meal for some passer by but for ourselves they are not a dinner plan so should i be concerned if we get drakes? what is a good mix.. of genders etc. Any other tips or basic advice for a beginner would be wonderful! is it worthwhile to invest in a book? do you have a recommendation of one? Thanks for answering, i am sure this will be only the start of what will be many questions as they get older.