I don't know if my parents are going to let me get ducks or even more chickens but they may let me get another animal (considering goats, rabbits, or a second cat. Goats are a rather large expense though) so maybe ducks could be added.
Anyway, I like planning and also daydreaming and this also may help me decide if they're for me so I have a few questions. I think I had a similar thread once but that was a little while ago (I think?) And idk where it is.
1. Are ducks loud? I believe I remember hearing that it's the opposite of roosters and the females are the loud ones?
2. If number 1 is true, can males be kept without females?
3. Quietest breeds?
Also going off number 1 sort of, are they MESSY?
I have heard that they are far louder, messier, and smellier than chickens but don't know how true that is.
My chickens so far have been very clean, non smelly animals (except if I don't clean the coop for a while or before when it rained and the run became a muddy poopy mess (before I added shavings to it) and you can't smell them even if you are in the yard so if ducks are going to be these extremely messy smelly things and require tons of work or be loud, smelly, and messy, enough to bug the neighbors or us then maybe I don't want them. But they seem worth it and this could be myth.
I mostly want them for pets I think so male or female does not matter. I've never had duck eggs before. The chickens are pets but also for eggs.
Also do they do fine if I got something like all flock or are there duck specific feeds I should use instead?
Thank you in advance for your help