I've raised chickens for a long time. I love them. I have all kinds of very cool rare breeds. It's something I'm naturally good at. I've never had issues with smell, diseases, bugs... nothing. It's a piece of cake. I introduce new birds in pairs of 3 and the way I do it is seamless. No issues. Love my hens. So I decided to try ducks this year and I want to pull my hair out. I love them. They are funny and I love the tail wagging and the way they play in the water. I love that they are starting to love me. They are very funny. They love it when I spray them with the hose. They run to me and want me to pester them with it. It's hilarious. But they are messy. Does it ever chill out? At least a bit? I've got the water situation under control mostly with special waterers that I made so they can't splash water out and they don't run out. But it does need to be dumped at least bi-daily because they get food in it and that will stink quick. Then they kind of have smelly poop. I'm not liking that too much. I rake the hay daily and have layers to help absorb moisture. So I have pine flakes, then pine chips and then nice fluffy soft hay. I'm just now to the point where I might be able to get a couple weeks before I have to take everything out of the barn start fresh because of the cooler weather. The ducks are the first birds whose poop has attracted fly's when it's hot out. So this summer I was at the hottest point changing everything out weekly and I have a huge barn and run so it was really annoying. They have a spot they chill that seems to get wet under the hay in the barn and I don't really know how because I let them out to bathe in a fresh pool but they don't have that kind of constant water supply available to make a mess in the barn. I learned about getting rid of that the first few weeks. Do they ever mature? Will they stop trying to make such a mess with the water? Will they stop sleeping around and hogging the water areas? Chilling and keeping all the water to themselves, getting wet and pooping in one spot is really annoying to me. It's like having kids all over again. It would be nice to know if it gets better. I just have the 3. One large Pekin and two small gals.