We have just received a hen with 14 ducklings. My questions are: At what point will the ducklings be able to free range with the hen? They are 5 days old. How soon will she lay another clutch of eggs? and will she this year? Do we need to remove the ducklings in order to get her to lay sooner? My guess is yes. We are using some of the birds for meat, so at what weight is best to process? What we have heard is that they need to be processed when they get full feathered. Is this correct? Any other tips are welcome.