I've been floating the idea of having ducks past my husband over the last year or so. He has finally warmed up to the idea - warmed up more than he has about any other crazy idea I have had and eventually had to "have a fit" in order to go forward with my idea (i.e. my first motorcycle, adopting a Great Dane, etc.). No fit necessary this time - wow! We have agreed on a location - behind our attached garage, but within our 5-foot high chain-link fence for our dogs. We only have two exterior water locations, and our desired spot would allow for easy access to water. It also is near electrical and an established artificial lighting source. It's on the east side of our house, which would have morning and afternoon sun, but would be sheltered with shade from the garage as the sun goes down. Is that enough natural sunlight? We can definitely utilize artificial, which is why we chose that location if there are not enough daylight hours. I like the idea of building it within our fenced in yard (we have 2.75 acres, but we also have many predators in the area and another barrier seems like a smart idea). Our dogs are indoor dogs, but the fenced in yard is their domain for bathroom and play time when we are not supervising them off-leash on the rest of our property. Do I need to worry about ducks and dogs being close to each other? We plan on building a completely sectioned off place for the ducks and supervising our dogs as they get used to the idea of sharing the space. Our dogs are used to cats, a ferret, and a chinchilla (although those last two have their own bedroom and are around the dogs ONLY when supervised). I don't want to stress out our future ducks, but it seems like the only logical location. Our current design idea is something similar in shape to what I posted below, but larger/taller (so we can walk in it). Completely contained, but ground access. Adding a pond (right now I have a couple kiddie pools our dogs consider a big water dish and have no interest in it other than that). I'd like the pond to be set higher (off the ground) to allow for drainage. I'd like to have paneling on the roof to help with rain/snow. We live in Wisconsin, so we do have snowy and cold winters. We have a sunroom with a separate furnace and tile floor. That is my "Plan B" if temperatures get to a dangerous point outside for our future ducks, but I have read in a few books and online about ways to help them cope with winter. As of now, I like the idea of having two female ducks. Is that realistic? Or do ducks need more "friends"? I'm interested in egg laying ducks, but don't necessarily need a large quantity of eggs yearly. What are some good resources as I move forward in my research/planning phase? I checked a few books out from the library - Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks and a few others I don't have in front of me. I've been lurking on this website too. Any tips for a beginner? I like to research things to death so I am fully prepared. I don't know anybody who owns ducks, otherwise I would be hounding them for tips/suggestions. Anything you wish you would have done or that you learned after having ducks for awhile? Thank you!