For the past year my 6 ducks have been in a 20x20 run that I've turned into the deep litter method because they had destroyed all of the grass in most spots and it turned into a mud pit thanks to their kiddie pool. This summer we plan to expand their coop and build onto the run by about 1/4, all of which will be an inground pool with a bio-filter if all goes well. I don't want to fence off too much of my parents' property, so I wanted to start free-ranging finally. It's terrifying for me because I have a husky who would quickly kill them if he got loose, and we live around a lot of woods with coyotes, racoons, ect. Despite this, we also have 3 1/2 acres of lawn with a good sized pond in the back. So I know I probably should have been doing it a long time ago, but I'm a wee bit over-protective when it comes to my duckies. Long story short, they had their first successful outing today for a good 2 hours. I sat with them and then did some lawn work and they stuck right around where I wanted them to. I think they had fun. Except that they're scared of the pond, but we'll work on that more in the future. The whole flock: Demetri, my only drake: Demetri and Bianca: Myrtle: Wendy and Agnes: Agnes: Rynn: In about two weeks the Cayugas and Swedish will officially be a year old. And I have 3 new ducklings coming from Metzer on May 15th. A Pekin, Khaki, and Black Swedish(all girls). If you couldn't tell, I'm kind of a collector of breeds. I wanted to see what all of them were like in terms of personalities. And it makes them easier to tell apart. So far I'm a huge fan of the Cayugas and the Swedish. And please ignore the bald patch on my Cayuga hen's face. She got sick a while back and itched her face bare. It's still coming back in, but it might look yellow because I put nu-stock on her. And if anyone knows more about duck body condition and weight, I'd love to hear your thoughts while we're at it. I feel like a terrible judge and I'm always paranoid that I'm feeding too little or too much.