Gawd. They are messy. Extremely messy. I was warned, but man! DUCKS! Bless their little hearts, I love them, but I can't take this I have two big livestock tanks in my basement. Up until yesterday, the ducks shared the tank with the teeny chicks they were shipped with. I have 3 golden neck D'uccles left, and 8 Polish chicks. Poor things were constantly looking "matted" from being icked up by the water/wet bedding. I finally brought the ducks out and put them in a tubby (they are HUGE!) The other tank has my 5 chicks I hatched out from my eggs. They are fully feathered, and as soon as my other coop dries out, I am putting bedding down, a heat lamp out there, and they are moving. Because I don't know where else to put the ducks right now, they are in my son's bathtub I have the tubby flipped over on the side, with bedding in it, and the food and water on the other end. Besides stinking up that bathroom, they seem to be doing fine And I have chicks coming from Ideal in May.. what was I thinking?