Well I've been spending way too much time online reading about ducks and pouring over all my poultry books, but it'll pay off for these little guys (I hope)! They arrived just this morning at the feedstore (from Ideal) and I ran over to get my pick before they were all gone. I think they only had five of each breed (Magpies, Cayugas, and Khaki Campbells); I chose three Black & White Magpies -two females and one male. They are intended for fun, eggs, and perhaps in time for breeding and the table. We'll see. For now I just want to keep them healthy and happy! One of the females seems rather droopy so I'm keeping an extra eye on her. I know these pics are terrible, but I just had to share the adorable cuteness!! From left to right: female, male, droopy female... L to R: male, droopy female... L to R: male, droopy female, very out-going female... LOL, that one better perk up otherwise her name's going to be Droopy! And I have to say, having now seen and handled day-old ducklings I can't imagine how anyone could buy, sell, or give them to children!! They are far too soft and fragile -even more than my chicks were! I'm so thankful the feedstore didn't get these in until after Easter. And the price they were charging should be deterent enough, lol! (more than double Ideal's price, but it was worth it for me ) I'm thrilled to be part of the backyard duck scene now, and any tips or suggestions you have will be very welcome. I've found that booksmarts only get you so far, and hands-on can be a whole new experience. Many thanks for all the info I've gleaned from this forum and it's wonderful members already!! New (and better) pics!! Droopy girl at top left, male bottom left... I love these feets!! The vibrant girl is bashful... I think Droopy is perking up a little. How much longer should I give her sugared water, or when should I switch to Teramyicin?