Lets see if this worked. I found a pic of my pond and thought I would share. I hope it worked right! yea! it worked [/img] I have the fever! I have been getting set up for ducks for the past three years. I have a half acre 2 year old pond with a thriving ecosystem now finally. I wasn't planning on putting ducks in until next spring but I was on Ideal poultry's site looking for chicks and they had ducks for sale as straight run. I couldn't help myself and I bought 6. I have no idea what breed or sex they will be. Well I sort of have an idea because ideal is sold out of all but about 6 breeds so I figure my ducks will be a mix of those 6. I have available my basement for raising them until they can go to the pond in the spring. I have a heat lamp and plan on putting them in a rubbermaid container for the first few weeks and then into a larger brooder in the garage when they feather out. Questions: I have 16 baby chicks coming too. Can I brood the chicks and ducks together? When should I begin to show them the pond? I am prepared to take them to the pond for swimming on mild winter days but how young is too young to begin them? I am putting dh up to building a floating duck house with a pulley so I can pull the house in to gather eggs (hopefully I get some females) Should I have a duck house on land as well as one in the water? Do you think I need the one on the water? I am hoping the floating house will keep them safer. I plan on letting them free range, I am working on adding guardian dogs (who will be enclosed in their own yard) to deter predators from entering the ducks range. What types of things will I be up against as far as free ranging goes? I planned on clipping wings but decided against it. I want them to have that defense mechanisim but don't want to lose my ducks to the wild either. Ok I know that is a lot of questions. I will stop there. I have not been able to find a whole lot of info on ducks like I have on chickens. Thanks to all who took the time to read this mess.