Oh boy I am freaking out. I met with a very nice woman today who has offered to watch my 5 ducks and rooster for the winter. She keeps chickens herself. Her coop and run is already divided since this area has been used for different purposes in the past. The coop is fine. I didn't see any obvious issues with security there. The run should be okay too. It has a high fence that looks sturdy with no breaches I could find, although I've learned from past experience there's never any guarantee there. The issue is when I was talking with her I found out she had ducks before...briefly. She got them young from a friend who raised ducks. All but one met horrible ends. The last survivor she gave back to the person who she got the ducks from originally. Four of them were lost to one of her dogs "playing too rough". Another one got sick and died within a few days and another one, she has no idea what happened. Fine one day, gone the next. After losing the ducks she got chickens and she's had those for about a month. No incidents of illness or animal attacks with the chickens. My 3 ladies and rooster are about a year old now and the 2 drakes I have are about 2 years old so these aren't babies. I'm no saint in the duck department myself. I started off with a lot more ducks in my original batch and lost them to raccoons so I doubt I'm in any position to judge. Boy I wish I could load these guys up and take them to California with me. I haven't even left yet and I'm already having separation anxiety! I'm supposed to take my guys over on Tuesday after she has a few days to do her final prep. Any suggestions for how to proceed? Maybe there's some guidelines/safety measures I can pass on. It's also possible I'm getting excited over nothing. Maybe she's learned some lessons from her previous experience and will be more vigilant this time around. I want to make this work because I had such a hard time finding an option for winter boarding but the other half of me is tempted to just pack them up, take them with me and hope for the best (not really an option but it would be my preference).