our ducklings are here! hubby went and got them at the post while i finished off the cage and cut a bunch of greens for them. when he got back, they were all chirping, that's what baby ducks do, in the box, all crammed together. hubby said he sang to them all the way home! :O) i took all 20 plus-one-out, one by one, and put their little beaks in the water. they all took to drinking just fine. then i put a bunch of greens in the water and they ate those up. they were ravenous after being in that box for 30 plus hours! then, after gorging on the greens they took a nap, all huddled together in a corner. hubby was working on a heat lamp set up then. after an hour i put in their duck food and boy did they go nuts! eating and throwing food and water everywhere. they got soaked...and they're not supposed to get soaked! i had a very large waterer for them and it was too big a trough. they were having fun swimming in it!!! so i switched to the smaller waterers but for some reason the water bottles would only hold water in the bottoms. i called the place i bought them from and found out that they had the wrong bottoms on them...for feed not water. so we'll have to get the right ones next time we go to town. once hubby put the heat lamp up, they all dried off pretty quickly. i keep a dry t-shirt or towel laid out in one area of the cage for them to sleep on and congregate. today ed'll be making another larger cage. 20-plus-one ducklings is a LOT! so far Curly (dog) is too low and can't see them but is curious. Lizzie (dog) adores them. Tux (cat) is ignoring them. and pete, (cat) dear pete is confused! once they were settled, i put pete on the table with them and he just watched in awe! so far so good. they started peeping at 4 this morning. they seem to recognize me as mom, and they love hubby's voice...probably the singing on their way home yesterday! :O) we took some pics and i'll post them a little later today. got to go cut more greens, and plant more, too! forgot to mention that they are Welsh Harlequins.