We have just purchased a new home with a wonderful private 10 acre lake right out in front of the house and I would like to put some ducks and other water fowl on it but I want to keep it simple and basically let them free range (with support). I have already floated 2 "islands" and I plan on installing a couple small houses on them in spring. There is an old pump house near the lake that I will use as my brooder. I have a pen attached to it now which I plan to gradually increase to include access to the water as they get older and temperatures allow.
*** most important part --> I'm not looking to breed, I don't eat duck (just a personal preference, sorry), my chickens provide plenty of eggs ... and I don't need or want more "pets". I just want some eye candy and hope they maybe eat some weeds in exchange for a safe island home, general care and supplementing their food needs. And I don't want to spend a bunch of money and watch it fly away.
So .... I would really appreciate it if anyone could make any suggestions as to breeds of ducks or geese? Can't afford swans! And if you see a flaw in my plan .... you won't hurt my feelings if you point it out. What I am thinking may not be realistic. I'm not sure.