I just had 3 orphaned mallard ducklings dumped on me, which I'm fine with, I just have a few questions... I am guessing by their size they are about a week old (tiny - fit easily in the palm of my hand, smaller than my 3 week old bantam chicks). They were really stressed and dumpy when they were brought in (I work in an emergency vet clinic), so I gavaged them with some emeraid, and they perked right up. After an hour or so, I syringed them some duck food mash, and will continue doing so until I SEE them eating on their own...any idea when that might be? Also, at what age will they need water for swimming? And, do they need heat support for the same length of time as chicks? Can they live with my chicks, or do I need to worry about disease? (I will worm them, just need to know when and what with?) I am certain I will think of more questions as I go, but that's it for now. THANK YOU!!!!!