So, I recently got 8 ducks, approx 6 mos old. They are not very tame, but they've calmed down considerably since I've had them. I've kept them in a run. I would like to free range them during the day but I am really hesitant to try because if they don't come back before dark to their secure run then they will be fox food. Since they're not really tame I'm afraid herding them in the evening will be a nightmare. My question is how many of you free range? Are the benefits of free ranging (reduced grain consumption, less messy run) worth the risks (not getting them to go to their "home" in the evening)? My long term (summer) plan was to build a tiny duck pond and have them free range during the day... I've read posts of people who've trained their ducks to go to their houses at night, but I assume they've raised them from ducklings. Thoughts?