My 8-year-old DD had a wonderful first year of 4-H with her bantam chickens. Now her 6-year-old brother has joined 4-H and wants to do ducks next year. That's fine with me, because we're getting ready to establish a little home orchard and I want to get some runner ducks anyway for pest control. I'm guessing runners might be too big for him to handle easily though. Getting bantam chickens for DD was a great decision, since she can handle them easily for showmanship and it really built up her confidence. Should we consider a couple of bantam ducks for him? Can they co-exist with runners and forage in the orchard, or do they have to be housed separately? Is there a bantam duck breed with a really friendly and calm temperament that would be a good choice for him? Calls maybe, or is there another breed that's more suitable? Are drakes or hens more docile? I've learned a ton about chickens, but am a complete novice where ducks are concerned. I'm thinking a small flock of 2-3 runners and a couple of bantams would be plenty.