Hey there, I live in a fairly populated neighborhood and am trying to figure out how to work a couple of ducks into our backyard. I have permission from the city, and from my two closest neighbors, but I have some concerns. I used to live in rural Minnesota and adopted 2 Swedish Blues, a male and a female. Through trial and error I was able to get an enclosure that seemed to make both them and me happy. However, it was rural MN and the inground pond I built for them drained out into about 5 acres of nothing so it wasn't a problem. This is not the case where I live now. I have staked out the area for a 24 x 30 enclosure with a 10' x 12' heated coop and a (tentative) 6' x 14' water feature. And that is what I'm having an issue with. I have seen a couple people use hydroponics to grow vegetables above a small pond (http://www.freestylefarm.ca/2013/08/28/backyard-duckponics/ ) so that is one possible solution but I have zero experience with hydroponics (I bought a book though, so there's that). I have also seen this setup https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/ducks-in-the-garden that I also like, but am still worried about where the water will drain. I do not want to cause an issue with the neighbors so I'm worried about the drainage and smell. Speaking of the smell, I was wondering about using artificial turf in the enclosure. There will be plenty of grass outside the enclosure in the fenced in back yard (see the picture I attached) and I plan on spending a lot of time with them in the back and front yards (fenced in front yard as well). I just remember how muddy my enclosure got in MN and thought that maybe I would be better served to use artificial turf. Any thoughts on that? Lastly, I want to get two females because my wife (who wasn't with me in MN when I had my other ducks) said there was no way she could eat eggs if there was a chance they were fertilized. I was thinking a Swedish Blue and a Cayuga. The Blue because I loved my other Blue and the Cayuga because I think they are beautiful and I have read that they are calm, which I need here. Are there any issues with two different breeds living together? This is probably the dumbest question, but I didn't know if two female ducks from different breeds would be ok. The neighbor shown below is an old Marine who, when I talked to him about my project, said he was excited about it so that he could watch the ducks from his house. I am retired Navy diagnosed with PTSD and I told him that is exactly what the ducks are for and how much they helped me with my issues. Thanks everyone for any advice you might have.