Hello! In September, I got my three duck babies. In the time since I got them, one of my friends has gotten really attached. He hasn't ever had a pet before, but his dad is considering letting have a duck (he's met mine, he knows how messy they are.) I'd like to help him get one, but I was wondering what would be good breeds. He probably will just get one duck. Maybe two. I have a runner, a Swedish, and a crested, and he seems to like my runner best, but I've heard runners are supposed to be skittish, and mines not. I was considering breeding mine, so in the spring, I might get a drake, and then give him one of the ducklings. (Gender doesn't really matter to him, he doesn't like duck eggs, so he'd just sell any he got.) Also, on the topic of breeding ducks, there is a duck populated canal behind our house, and it has a wonderful little bachelor gang who loves to waltz into yards and stir up trouble. How hard should I try to keep them away from my hens? I know diseases might be an issue, and if anyone has information on what diseases my ducks could get from wild mallards, I'd like to know, but I'm also curious, how bad would it be if a mallard bred with one of my hens? (Or all of them ) Thank you!