For a while now I have been very interested in raising just a few ducks or chickens for eggs. I am a stay-at-home wife and have never had any sort of livestock, although I grew up in a family where stray or orphaned animals of all sorts were taken in and cared for. I live in a clearing in the woods on a lake in the southeast. Our lot has very little level ground, just a bit of front yard. There are eagles, hawks, owls, coyotes, snakes and raccoons in the area. I have always assumed I would have to build a coop out of hardware cloth and treated lumber, hoping to use left-over metal roofing on the top. I also thought I would need to bury the wire all the way around and have a very tight-fitting and locking door. I love the idea of a chicken tractor, but have never understood how they can just sit on the ground without all sorts of predators coming underneath, especially snakes. Is it simply foolish to try to raise chickens or ducks in these surroundings? I liked the idea of ducks because of their hardiness, and just that I am more drawn to them, but I like the fact that chickens could do without water to swim in. Thanks for any advice.