Hello, I am delurking after reading for months. I have chickens, the gateway poultry, and now want ducks. I think. I live in a suburban neighborhood on about .14ac. My fenced backyard is my "farmland". I have about 2500 square feet, a generous 2/3 of that is vegetable garden, shed, and compost heap. I have a two-level chicken coop housing 6 hens with a 6x8 footprint. I could spare a similar amount of space for a predator proof duck pen, BUT.... The whole reason I want ducks is SLUGS! I am in rainy western Washington state. So I want these hypothetical ducks out patroling most of the time, especially in rainy weather and early morning. I imagine 2 wing-clipped bantam ducks (Black east indies/mini appleyards) would be...possible...in my small space. I am prepared to temporarily fence them out of freshly planted garden seedlings, but if they can't wander around, eating slugs, than I have no reason for them anymore. My main problem is, what about the stinky mud hole factor? I want to get rid of one pest not add another. As I am in town, I would get two drakes(quieter) and the chickens, who do free-range a few hours each day, would be in when the ducks were out, so that there would be no inter-species harrassment. So hypothetically the pen would be nighttime only, but I need to also have a way to leave them penned on days when we are gone and can't supervise, or when the chickens are out, or when we are on vacation....And I CANNOT subject my husband or the neighbors to a stinky mucky mess. How, oh how, can this be accomplished?? I am considering some version of this pen, but with an exterior pop door and a ramp leading to slug-land: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=3494356 Thoughts? Concerns? Encouragement? "Oh heck no! Run away!"?