I am a new duck mom this year and have posted a few things and so much appreciate all the info and replies on here. I want to give my ducks the best, safest, and most comfortable home they can have. I didnt know with those first 6 babies I would love them so much A few random general questions: 1. Is it typical for domestic ducks to pair up while being part of the group as well? Even with a different breed. Or could this create separate groups? 2. I currently have 6 Welsh Harlequin hens that are laying and get 2 to 5 eggs a day What other breeds are able to lay at this rate? 3. Do different breeds give different flavor of eggs or does the food affect flavor? (Was given duck eggs that tasted very "gamey" but the eggs from my new hens are delicious) 4. How do you keep and maintain a healthy pool during the winter? 5. Is it normal for hens to act out mating with eachother? I have 2 that constantly mount eachother, other females and sometimes my aggressive drake. ( you should see his face lol) 6. How important is natural grass and foliage in a ducks diet? 7. I often put minnows in the pool for a treat and also give night crawlers. Are these good for "treats" or is there something more nutritional I could be giving them? 8. The outside of the pen and their inside shed is lined with buried chickenwire, covered with dirt, and also covered with mulch on 2 sides that is made of mixed pine and oak. They do peck at the bugs in it through the chickenwire. Ive read that pine can be bad for ducks. Is this safe for them to be pecking in? 9. What is the best way to introduce new ducks to eachother? 10. I have been thinking about changing my flock a bit in the Spring to add some new babies with my more docile ducks (once they are of age to be outside of coarse). Is this safe for the ducklings or just something you need to keep an eye on? I THINK THATS ALL FOR NOW! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ANY REPLIES!!