The chicken people on the forum will think me an unstable traitor, lol. I have read that they are MUCH easier to raise. Here's the reasons, plus reasons of my own (I am ignorant of this topic, mind you) why I think ducks may be easier. 1. Drakes don't crow at 4 am and all day long, even if the hens could be quacky. 2. Less danger of disease, so I've read. 3. More tolerant of temp. fluctuations in a brood environment, if you have 'lings', so I've read, also. 4. Drakes will not rip feathers out of, and/or bloody up, their hens when they mate. 5. They cannot tear feathers out of, and/or rip the flesh of, one another, like chickens. 6. A DVM mentioned that ducks are physiologically more capable of enduring real cold than are chickens--he was speaking about ducks being out in snow vs. chickens being in snow, to be specific. I'd really appreciate any advice. Here at the monastery, we want egg producers. Would K. Campbells be the choice? They'd also be sort of pets, but in this sense: We'd rather not have ducks that are going to be terrified of their caregiver or any one of us. It would be nice to be able to like, touch one once in a while. ( I'm a softy) We have a few chickens now and may get out of them for ducks. But these chickens are certainly curious sweethearts. Come running up me whenever I approach and follow me around the pen. (Prod. RIR hens) But still, I think ducks would be less worry free, and that is VERY important if you life a quite regimented life as I do as a monk. We have time for one or the other, but the easier might be better.