I have 3 Ancona ducks who I absolutely LOVE. They live in a 34 square foot house in a 1.5 acre fenced in yard. In the area of the yard where we keep the ducks there are 2 raised beds, the fence is bordered with cedar bushes and rhododendrons, an apple tree and a huge cherry tree. The apple tree & cherry create a huge shaded area - maybe 64 square feet of room under the cherry tree. They are let out around 11 A.M.. When they come out I do my duck house chores, and they follow me all over the yard chatting with me and one another. Probably just like your routine. I have a big pool in the back area, also near a garden, and some blackberry bushes, the chicken coop, etc. They love that part of the yard, it is much bigger than the garden area they are in, has longer grass, etc. But they won't go into that part of the yard unless I am with them. In fact, they won't go to ANYWHERE else in the yard but under the trees unless I am with them. At certain times of day - first thing in the morning, then at 4 P.M. they raise the call for me to come chaperone them in the big yard. (Good thing I work from home!) They never get more than 30 feet away from me when I am outside. I try to get them to roam the whole yard unsupervised, but to no avail. Is this normal duck behavior? I always thought they would range all over the fenced part of the yard. My friend's ducks range over her 5 acres & she has problems getting them all back into their barn at night. Is it because I only have 3? If they had more other ducks would they range farther? How many ducks would you keep in a 34 SF duck house? I thought 3 was the max but I have seen people suggest a 3 by 4 foot duck house is big enough for 4 large ducks. That sounded small to me. I plan to get a trio of Welsh Harlequins next season, and was going to build another enclosure like the one I have, could I get away with keeping them together when not breeding?