I'm just a little overwhelmed. I've been combing through the forums and reading the stickies, and trying to write out my list so that I am as prepared as I can possibly be before my ducklings arrive. I have 7 coming from Metzer farms. Anyhow, I live about an hour from civilization and tomorrow my husband is taking me to the feed store to stock up on duckling supplies! I'm super excited but a little overwhelmed after reading topics in regards to feeding them. I was hoping someone could simplify it for me a little. If I am able to buy duck/water fowl starter, then I wouldn't need to supplement with brewers yeast or Niacin, correct? If I have to buy chick starter, I need to make sure it is non medicated, and I would then need to add in Brewers Yeast? Would this stuff work? http://www.amazon.com/NOW-Foods-Bre...26904793&sr=8-4&keywords=brewers+yeast+powder Amazon is my best friend, and has kept me sane after we moved up to the mountains. Is the protein content super critical? I'm just not sure what my options are going to be... having never looked for chicken or duck feed there before. Also, do you think this metal trough will work as a brooder? My girls enjoyed using it last Summer! I can't remember how big it is, but for 7 ducklings, do you think they would outgrow it very quickly? I've seen others use these, but I've wondered if you have to worry about the heat lamp making the metal too hot? Would it need to be covered to keep them inside? The brooder will be in the house, and there are no other animals inside that would pose a threat. In regards to bedding for the brooder... I really kind of want to go the pine shavings route, because it seems like it would be cleaner. I'll add a little more when needed. Do I need to be concerned too much about dust with pine shavings versus straw? I'm definitely going to take the tips I received and use a plastic container with a cut in the lid, and elevate it over something to catch the water. I just ordered a Peckomatic feeder from Amazon to use later in their pen! Once I get all these little details sorted out I would love to create a little infographic for future new duck owners caring for ducklings. I'm a very visual learner, so I know this would really help me at the same time! There is not very much info out there in regards to ducks is there? I've had Storey's guide to caring for ducks in my amazon cart for a few days, and now that I am running out of time I went ahead and just purchased the kindle version. Will not be nearly as enjoyable reading it from my phone, but it'll have to do. I'll get to reading that tonight before we leave tomorrow! I've heard nothing but great things about how informative it is. Oh! One more thing. The ducklings are scheduled to hatch Monday, (from Metzer) I'm assuming that means they will arrive Tuesday? My post office doesn't open until 12:30 Monday-Friday, I hope that isn't too long for them. Thank you in advance for any help and advice! I'm excited to get started and sharing in this great community.