My kids (young) spent 3 weeks with their grandparents on a farm helping feed, water, clean chickens, peacocks, dogs, horses, etc. They never turned down the opportunity to help. They were even waking grandpa up at 6:30am to go cleanup the farm. Something I've always wanted to do for myself is to raise chickens or ducks, mainly for eggs. But now that I have kids, I have a good excuse to do it I have an area all ready to put in a new coop. The question is: Chickens or Ducks? My only options right now are ISA Brown chickens or White Pekin ducks. Which would be "easier" and more "fun" for the kids? I have heard ducks are much more messy and eat much more feed, but produce better eggs and are heartier in the winter (Michigan). Can someone with ducks, or who has raised both ducks and chickens compare the two regarding their messiness and odor and how often I'd need to clean out the coop. With chickens, I planned on every 2-3 days. Which are more apt to stay in the yard and come back to the coop when "asked"? Thanks for your responses.