This happened on April 29, right after the storm, but I didn't have a chance to post it until now. The chicks were 6 weeks old on April 27 and ready to go outside in the chicken tractor. But, the chicken tractor was serving as a Duck Mobile in the barnyard, so we needed a new plan for the ducks. Enter my (first) Gypsy chicken coop which Herb built a couple years ago on a wagon so that it could be moved around (thus the Gypsy). Now THAT'S free-ranging! Since the three remaining chickens who used to use it have been integrated into the new coop, the Gypsy coop was available for immediate occupancy.
Herb helped me clean up the feed area in the barn and roll the Gypsy coop in. He also built a nice large ramp for the ducks to get up and down into it since they seem too clutzy to handle the narrow ramp the chickens used. He thought we could get the ducks in the evening after they settled down and move them in, so he went in to eat lunch.
We do hope they will consult with the chickens and figure out how this up-and-down-the-ramp thing works because for now they put themselves to bed over in the corner where the chicken tractor/duck mobile used to be. And every night we have to carry them one by one, and put them to bed. But now I wear long leather gloves or a jacket to protect my arms from claws, and they seem to be used to the routine--although they're starting to get creative about running away from us at bedtime! What did I say? Just like children!!