Several questions: Two mallards, about 4 weeks old, in the coop with the chicks in a dog crate. Pen is almost finished for all of them. Now I'm starting to wonder if I want to keep them in the pen at all and not just let them free range. Will they mess up the garden? There is an old dog house in the pen, I figured they would probably use that for their house. We don't have a dog, but the neighbors do--Boykin Spaniel. If we let them free range will they stay around or fly away? We don't have a pond, but I would be willing to provide a kiddie pool once a week or so for "fun times." Also, they are Mallards, don't the what sexes yet, they are just feathering out now. From reading other posts, are mallards considered nice or mean? They are being pretty protective of their "crate house" now from the chicks--pecking pretty good, getting feathers from the chicks. That's why they are still in the crate A week ago, they were scared of the Dominickers. But NOW they are bigger than them! LOL!