Hi all, I am *new* here Hooray! I am also new to waterfowl. Ordered my first ducklings and they'll be arriving in May. I ordered a Layer Duck Assortment from Sandhill Hatchery so will be interesting to see what I end up with. I am wondering what are your best tips for keeping waterfowl areas from becoming slop holes? A couple of ideas I am thinking of is to cover their entire "permanent pen" (20 x 30 foot dog run) with sand with gravel around watering area and watering pail up on mesh platform. We would let them out to graze in our massive yard (fenced w/4' stucco wire) and have a kiddy pool for them to splash around in on the lawn. I was hoping we could move it around to keep it from becoming a nasty slough in any one area. Is there a better option? How many ducks could I comfortably house in a 20 x 30 pen? How large would their house need to be? Also, do ducks like sprinklers? LOL I was thinking it would be such a blast to put out a sprinkler on a nice warm day for my son (2 yo) and the ducks to play in. Do you find your insect populations increase or decrease with ducks around? Final question...are ducks REALLY that messy and stinky?? Or is it all relative? We raise pigs and I can't imagine them making a bigger, stinkier sloppy mess than pigs. I could be wrong though! Thanks for the input!