I started on may 18th with a duckling whose mom left her. I named her Duckie and I bought 2 hens to grow up with. Duckies mom belongs to my neighbor, and she picked my hay barn for nesting. Well, never thought I would like chickens, but I just did not know... I absolutely love my chickens. I bought a baby chick, named her Rockie as she was a barred rock hen, and my daughter picked out a little chick and named her Oreo. Unfortunately something got in the coop and killed the two chickens on July 4th. I was devastated.so I bought two more. A little cream Americauna and a norwegian ??? Named them Lucy and Ethel. I missed my barred rock so much, I got another one and named her Betty White. In the meantime, Duckie's mom or aunt had more eggs in the hay barn, and Cindy Lou Who and Dr. Suess joined the flock. 3 cluck clucks and 3 quackers which are Muscovy ducks. Turns out, Duckie is a lady, Doc is all boy and yet to verify Cindy Lou Who. Her feet are bigger than Duckie's but she is smaller than Doc. Betty is beautiful. Lucy is for sure the crazy red head. Ethel is the beautiful blonde. Ethel loves to bump chests, but that is all the confrontation that happens. Betty gets the wild "feather" and suddenly jumps up flaps and runs around. They are getting more adventurous and have started venturing more than 20 feet of the coop. I let them out in the morning, and here lately they decided sitting on top of the coop is better than going inside. It gives me a chance to pick them up and lovingly talk to them before putting them to bed in the coop. The ducks are starting to get too big for the coop. I wish I could convince them ducks belong at the pond... But they make it back to the house before me when I have tried.