Hi, I'm sure the answer is.... it depends... but I thought I'd ask anyway. I have wanted ducks for a long time. My neighbors are out of town and I've been chicky sitting their chickens and it makes me want ducks all the more. I am married to a man who loves animals, but cannot abide pets. The compromise is, I can get ducks, I can feed them, but they have to house and protect themselves, no nest boxes, no fences, nada. We have a large back yard (an acre) that boarders on a heavily wooded area. Our yard is a mix of gone wild and what I bitingly refer to as the "embalmed" look, ie, the lawn is mowed and edged and designated areas are beat into submission. Can you tell I like wild? We have numerous man made ponds that are stocked with fish, and a wide variety of wet land plants, so the native look is beginning to set in (we've only been in this house two years.) I keep hoping ducks will show up un-invited, but thus far, no luck. What is the best way to attract and keep wild ducks and if they don't show up, what duck at what age is best suited for this arrangement, what time of year is best to purchase? The list of birds we have is wide and varied, from bush tits to wood peckers, sparrows to owls, numerous ones I don't know the names of to hawks and crows. But no ducks. I want ducks! I live in Portland, Oregon, so the weather can be just about anything just about anytime.