Hi, this is Shelli. I have 17 chicks, 1 rooster and 4 ducklings. I have 3 pullets, 3 straight runs, 6 brown leghorns and 6 buff orpingtons. They range in age from 4 weeks, 5 weeks and 6 weeks. I also have 4 ducklings. 2 Pekins and 2 Indian Runners. We are having tons of fun, everyone is happy and healthy. I have received some good info from this website and I did buy 2 books, The Storey Guide to Raising Chickens and the Storey Guide to Raising Ducks. Right now they are in 4x8 coops in the basement. Because the ducks like water, after 2 weeks we had to make them their own coop. We will be moving them outside in about a week. We are getting their outside coop ready. I spend time with them every day. I sit inside the coop on a small stool and feed them from my hand. I pick up and hold each and every one of them and talk to them. They are very friendly and love to be petted. My ducks are another story. Even though I spend time with them, they hate to be picked up, I can pet them for awhile, but then they hide in the corner. I got them a tub to swim in, they are 6 weeks old now, and they just love it. It is so fun to watch all of them and I cannot wait to get them outside to the fresh air and sunshine. I haven't had any problems so far (knock on wood ) and everyone gets along well. My rooster is just learning to crow and does a good job of it. He is totally black and has 5 toes. Even his beak and crown are black. My other black straight run has carmel coloring all over, he/she is beautiful. My other black straight run has a cream chest. Well gotta go right now. Hope everyones chicks and ducks are doing great.