I'm still not sure. Do they need it or not? I started picking stuff up today and will try to get everything ready this weekend before I pick up ducklings. I'll be using our large dog kennel and put them on the patio since it is hot out there. Need to find our light. Lows of mid 70's and 80s at night - will an energy efficient coil bulb be warm enough, or do I need to go out and get the old style light bulbs. (kennel is great dane sized, so it will start out on top quite a ways above them or I can rig it along the side to shine in) I picked up Purina Flock raiser today (along with water and food things). Do they also need scratch? All the time or just from a certain age up or ? When do I swap to layer feed - once they start or should I swap them at a certain age to expect laying soon? (runners) Has anybody used puppy pads in the brooder? I'm contemplating that, but the kennel is quite large, so I'd have to use a few at a time. It's a thought. My plan is probably just to use the dog towels and rinse daily and do a duck towel load every other day. But was thinking maybe puppy pads could be useful?? oh yeah, I also picked up some frozen peas - when can I start bribing them with those?