I have raised several batches of ducks, and a few geese, but never chickens--and right now I've got six little teeny bantam chicken eggs in the bator from the neighbor's banties--and I want to know what I need to know when they hatch. Do they need more consistent heat than ducklings? They'll be so tiny, and I've heard chicks in general are less hardy than ducklings. Right now, I used a heat lamp in a brood box. The box is hard-sided so no drafts, but with a wire mesh top for ventilation. After a few days, the ducklings (in good weather) move outdoors to a brooder built kind of like a rabbit hutch, with a heat lamp hanging in one corner. At what age would banties be ready for that? (Assuming outdoor temps above 60 degrees). What about bedding--can I use a towel for a few days then switch to straw? My ducklings eat unmedicated crumbles--do I need to medicate chicks? Ducklings can be handled regularly after a day or two to build strength--what about bantam chicks? Anything else I need to know?