Hello! I'm a new member of BYC, but I've been an avid reader for about a year now. My husband and I have a large flock at our family farm in the country, and a very small flock at our backyard "urban farm" in town. My husband is a permaculture farmer, and he has transformed our suburban home into a small-scale sustainable food forest. As soon as our city passed a law allowing backyard chickens and ducks, we jumped at the opportunity to get a small flock to add to our urban farm. They have brought us so much joy....even the cat loves the birds! Among our flock, we have a very handsome (and sometimes ornery) muscovy duck named Artie, who has charmed us to the point of naming our home, "Laughing Duck Farms". He hisses and laughs on cue when my husband talks to him. They have a beautiful friendship. I, on the other hand, do not have the same relationship. We think Artie has a crush on me, since he only flashes his mohawk for me and tries to mount my feet at every opportunity. I'm hoping this will lessen as he gets older - he's only about 8 months old. But enough about our silly laughing duck. I need help deciding what water plants I can grow in the duck pond. I'm looking for something that the birds won't completely consume that will thrive in duck pond water. We're in Northern California, zone 9A. There are a lot of local waterways and ponds, but I'm not sure if I should propagate from a local source or try to find something at Petco. Does anyone have any suggestions?