Hi everyone! we are getting some new Cayuga ducklings this Friday, and I have a question. Yes, I am aware that I am about to sound like an Idiot... But here goes... So, I know Human-raised ducklings have a harder time swimming because their fluff gets clogged up with water and it becomes too heavy for them and they drown. In the wild, their mothers provide the oil from their feathers from rubbing on them so it basically water-proofs them. I get that. But, I had an Idea, an Idea I might lose my last bit of dignity to, but I'm curious. Instead of natural duck oils, would it be possible to use an all natural vegetable oil or something? like just use a few drops and rub it into your hands, and then when you're petting and holding them, have some kinda rub off. Would it help the babies? Obviously, I wouldn't let them swim alone, maybe just in slightly deeper water? (with supervision!) well, even if you can't help answer me, hopefully, it made you laugh a bit.