This is a rambling rant of mine and I apologize on the front-end In the spring I had ordered some baby chicks and its a "big" event in our house, with preparation etc. I spoke to a "friend" of mine about it, (using the term loosly, she is the mom of my kids' friends) and she suddenly had interest in raising ducks to put in their neighborhood pond. I thought she was kidding when she said that they picked up 6 ducks @ TSC, but no, she wasn't. She hadn't prepared anything and I wasn't sure what she was going to do with them after they were old enough. I'm not sure how ducks who were hand-raised, would handle being shoved out to the side of the pond in a neighborhood? I asked her a few questions, and her response was "Well I didn't think about that" Really? Were they to stay baby ducks forever in your garage? I asked her a few weeks later how the ducks were doing and she said "Well I can't really talk about it around the kids"...fast forward to a few weeks ago and I had an opportunity to talk to her without the kids around. She stated that she "wasn't sure what happened" but that 5 out of the 6 baby ducks had died just a few days after coming home. Then she started to talk about how the kids were "playing" with them a lot and how one had just laid down and died after being "played" with. The lone survivor was taken back to TSC ... So these poor baby ducks were probably killed due to man-handling and the inability of this woman to understand that baby animals are NOT toys! They are baby animals and they need us, as the adult, to take care of them and protect them since they don't have a mama Thanks for allowing me to use this forum as my rant, only you guys understand the complete frustration!!