Well I've been doing a lot of reading and have been surfing threads here on BYC. I am about ready to take the plunge on ducklings. Tomorrow the feed store is expecting a shipment of chicks to arrive and also ducklings. Pekin and Mallard. Well I'm not interested in a large breed duck really so I was thinking of the Mallards. I've read they shouldn't have medicated starter unless the medication is a specific kind (which has totally escaped my memory now, though it did start with an "A"). They need water to wash their bills off with and also to eat with. So my questions are. How deep should the waterer be? I've also read barnyard's post about losing ducklings and it possibly being due to choking. Should I make a mash to start them off with? How soon can I put them in water for short swims each day? I know you can do it as early as 1 day but when is too soon? I've brooded chicks several times before and actually have new chicks in a brooder right now from a hatch over the weekend. Anything else I should know? I'm very excited about getting our first ducklings and my daughter (age 7) is beside herself. We're planning to have lots of fun playing with ducklings. Thanks in advance!!!