Someone recommended a book to me that I picked up at the library. It's called, "The Resilient Gardener, Food Production and Self Reliance in Uncertain Times", by Carol Deppe. It has a chapter on raising a backyard flock. They author has a preference for ducks and a good portion of the chapter is dedicated to ducks. Found her thoughts on alternate foods (other than commercial foods = potatoes and squash) to be helpful, particularly in the current environment when price of feed keeps going up! The author is from Oregon, so I found it particularly interesting since I am in the Pacific Northwest as well. The book was published in 2010. She also writes from a different perspective in terms of the gardening topics - she focuses on five crops: potatoes, corn, beans, squash, and eggs. I found it helpful, and thought someone else might as well. Also checked out the movie, "Million Dollar Duck", which I haven't seen since I was a kid!