Okay, looking for other experiences here.... We've had Muscovies for 4 years. They are okay, not friendly, but not psycho like the Cayugas we got from Privett. Can't beat a better broody either and they sell pretty well either privately or at the auction. But they are so smelly. In summer I feed them Flock Raiser pellets mixed with oats (they also free range). This winter I switched to oats/corn and their poop is a lot more normal looking and not this terrible black/green splatter as in summer (maybe they get too much protein in summer?) We also only keep 4 hens and one adult drake at any time. We had two beautiful hens commit suicide on the road (we live on a gravel side road) a few weeks ago (I kid you not, their mother has depression ever since). Mid November we had a new arrival. A domestic goose (we think Tolouse) showed up with the muscovies - no neighbors have geese so no clue where it came from. In good health, not used to people or feed, but now eats grain with the ducks and is about as used to us as the scovies are. Kinda neat bird. DH named it Gus. We tried sexing Gus today and from what I've read, I think it's a girl as no "surpise" popped out nor the "foamy" stuff I read about either. Gus felt quite violated! But we'd kinda like to get her (??) a partner. Does anyone know if geese pair up or what they do? I'd maybe like a pair of pilgrims to go with Gus. Heard they have really good temperments for geese I've tried call ducks 2x from 2 different places (a show breeder in spring 07 and a "collector" swap meet person fall 08) both times they 3 of the 6 birds had sinus infections, first time we didn't know what it was, the breeder said just to squeeze the face and it'd go away. We should have walked away after that, but bought them anyway and the other batch didn't develop it until we got them home and it got cold out. The breeder ones we did away with as the were really bad, the other ones we gave to a friend who said she didn't care. Luckily they were all quaranteened. So, no more of those dear little call ducks as I've found out it's sooo common and I'm not going to deal with it and the dishonest breeders. So, I want to try Australian Spotteds. Have 10 ordered from Holderreads. Except for the crazy cauygas and the calls which were here just a short time, I haven't had "regular" ducks. Will these guys be as messy as the Muscovys with their nasty poop? I know I'll have to keep them separate from the scovies so I don't have a big drake violating a little hen. So, I'm thinking maybe just go with one breed or another. The Aussies are very rare, so maybe would sell good and would eat a lot less and make less mess. Help!!