I posted the following under the "Ducks" forum but was politely directed to here, the "Ornamental Fowl" section: I just newly joined BYC yesterday. I'm currently in the process of convincing my parents and older brother that ducks, or birds in general, are a good (not just good, but GREAT) idea and would make a good and beneficial addition to our family. I'm still exploring all the options and species, but I have a few quick questions on mandarins: If I do decide to keep them will they breed, or what are the chances? I am willing to care for ducklings, but this leads to my next question: If or when they breed, what would I or could I do with the ducklings? Should I let the mother care for them or raise them in my brooder? I am ready and willing to take on the responsibility of doing whatever is most ideal for the ducks and ducklings. Thank y'all in advance for any and all responses.