Hello! I am getting my first ever ducklings in spring but I can't decide what breed!! I've narrowed it down to 3 breeds based on my ducky criterion: -Must be good foragers, I'd like for them to have a big helping hand in getting rid of the abundance of ticks, mosquitos etc. that are on our property along with keeping food cost down -Mainly I will be raising them for eggs, I like different colored eggs and would like to be able to sell some to help with the cost of maintaing my feathered pets -I think a larger breed to be better in my location, we are heavily wooded though there is the large area around the house that is cleared out and we will be clearing more before they get here -I will have a pen for them and am converting an old chicken coop to a duck house, but I would like to have them free range during the day, kind of a necessity for me -They must be attractive! Haha, I'm not interested in Khaki Campbells because they are too plain and I'm clearly far too shallow for that kind of inner beauty The ones that I have my eye on are Ancona, Saxony, and Welsh Harlequin mainly. I'm also throwing around the idea of Silver Appleyards and Black Cayuga but I they'd be later down the line if I ever decide to grow my flock. The problems I'm running into are that these heritage breeds are only sold straight run and I wouldn't know what to do with drakes! Should I just keep them around in case I ever decide to breed them? Which I may depending on the breed. I would definitely be interested in breeding the Anconas and Saxonys! But only after I'm comfortable in my ability to raise happy, healthy birds. I'm not really into the idea of slaughtering them either...I'd probably cry before I even touched it haha. And I'm not sure how many I should get! I plan on starting small but the hatcheries are a minimum of 10 to ship...then however many unwanted drakes I end up getting. There are three people living on the property so eggs all around are intended plus ones to sell (if we can find buyers). We have large gardens for them to feast in and will be putting in lots of fruit trees. Plus there is a small river just to the side of the house they could use instead of me needing to have a tub or trough?? Just throwing my thoughts out there, anyone have any input??