Alot of my ducks, geese, pigeons, even chickens have come from the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, point being, I would rather give a needy animal a home than let any of my eggs hatch. I have ordered ducks in the past and will order more chickens when the time comes. Here's my rant though: I don't give my eggs away or sell my eggs to 4-H, schools or whoever for "classroom hatching" purposes. Too many of these poor little chicks and ducks end up dumped, unwanted or uncared for properly. (no offense to the teachers or anyone else who do it properly, I know you are out there) I just haven't participated in this practice until this spring........ A teacher called me for duck eggs. We carried on the usual conversation I have, you know, what will happen with the babies, etc. She asked me if I would take the babies after they hatched, no, I am trying to sell my house and don't need a brooder sitting around. So she said she had a good home for them blah, blah, blah. I relented. First of all, she asked me if I would bring them to her.....no (should have been the first clue). She calls last week and tells me 4 of the 12 I gave her hatched. "What do they eat? Should they have a heat source? I am feeding them dog food." This is after they were 4 days old. I gave her the info she needed and she said the woman that wanted them was picking them up that day. Why did she not know this info or find out this info BEFORE they hatched? I don't know. Today their new owner called me, I was assuming for more info. No, she works long hours and is going out of town soon and just can't take care of them like she feels they need and she said "Helen" said I would take them back if necessary. "I'll have to turn them lose on our pond I guess." They are 10 days old!!!!!! Guess where they are? Yep, you guessed it....... Never, never, never again.