Hello everyone! I live in the U.P. of Michigan (and yes, it is SNOWING right now!). I have had chickens for 2 years now. My first 3 were chicks that I adopted from my son's school (the 1st grade teacher hatched them as a class project). They were Cochin Bantys and I fell in love! I had 2 hens and a rooster--the rooster was my favourite. He would come running whenever I called and hop up onto my knee or lap! My 2 year old would pick him up and haul him around, and he never seemed to mind! I built a small henhouse, but never fenced them in, as I loved the fact that they would roam around the yard freely, and always came running when I called. Alas, a predator (I believe it was a fox) got my rooster and my favourite hen last summer. I am currently waiting for the 6 chicks I ordered to arrive (first week in May). I could not get my favourite (the Cochins) and had to settle for an 'assortment' of bantys that includes 2 blue silkies (what awesome looking chickens those silkies are). This year I also wanted to try my hand with some ducks. I ordered 15 Rouen ducklings (they should be arriving early-mid May). A friend was supposed to take half of them, but has since backed out. The more research I do (and the more threads I read on here) about ducks, the more worried I am about having so many...Ideally, I'd like to keep 2 or 3 as pets, along with my bantys. The one thing I have heard the most is that ducks are MESSY, MESSY, MESSY! And loud, LOL! About me: I am married to a wonderful man, and we have 2 boys aged 10 and 3.5. I have a fishing problem so my husband says (I'll admit, it's true), so any spare time I get I'm out fishing! We love to hike, canoe and spend time up at our cabin. I look forward to meeting you wonderful people, and to learning as much as I can about my chickens, and (eek!) ducks. p.s. If anyone nearby wants some Rouen ducklings, pm me. I'll sell them cheap!