Ok, first off do any of you raise them? My parents did when we were kids. We usually had around 20 laying hens and about 60 to be butchered a year. We got 9 chicks and 3 ducks from TSC 3 weeks ago. The ducks are growing like weeds and are as messy as any thing I have ever seen!! They actually sit on top of the feeder and CRAP in their own food ! My question is this. How soon before I can turn them loose in the pen we have? They are starting to loose thier down and get feathers but still have a lot of down. I know with the chicks I am waiting until they loose all of thier down before I turn them out.