The husband and I are new to ducks, having picked up our first two ducklings at TSC this weekend. We're planning on getting their outside home put together pretty quickly (since everything we've read says they'll be out of the brooder way faster than the chicks, and since I'm on brooder cleaning duty, that's fine with me!) But we've noticed that lots of you have just a fenced in area with a dog house-type structure. A lot of them don't have anything on top. We're just confused - if it's a fenced in, topless area with an open dog house, how do predators not get them? We were thinking of doing a fenced in run area (with hardware cloth and at least partially roofed with netting of some sort on the exposed part) in addition to the actual duck hut and a small pond. We were planning on letting them free range when we are home. Now, after spending a weekend looking specifically at everyone's duck homes, we've seen very few with the setup we were planning on, and we're wondering if our planned structure is overkill. We have seen possums and deer (I'm assuming the latter won't be a big deal) around our house, and have the occasional snake. That doesn't mean that there aren't racoons and other stuff out there though, we just haven't ever seen them. Help a newbie out?