I currently have a flock of 11 ducks: several runners, 2 swedish, 1 harlequin and 2 call mixes. The call mixes fly very well but stay with the rest of the flock even if they go up and take a flight around once in a while. I would like to get some mini appleyards and australian spotted from Holderreads next year. It looks like many or most people with bantam ducks keep them caged all the time, or am I wrong about this? Other than concerns about hawks or other predators, is there any reason they can't be left out with the rest of my flock? Is is necessary for the wings to be clipped? I'm not planning to clip their wings. Is there any real danger of them just taking off? Like I said, my 2 call mixes fly very well and sometimes take off to survey the area but they have always come back. Its exhilarating to watch them take flight! thanks for your input!