Hey all, I probably won't get them this year but I am starting to think about what kind of ducks I want. I know already I want primarily a decorative duck, one that is very attractive and very friendly since it will be a pet first before anything else. Also would prefer if it lays good eggs. Doesn't need to lay a lot just when it does that the eggs are a good size and taste good. I want it to be a more friendly breed that is content to sticking in the yard and not wandering off. We have a wild pond behind the house with wild geese, ducks, and 2 pairs of wild swans. I don't actually want my ducks going out there because we also have massive snapping turtles and I have seen a duck or two get pulled underwater by them. The main snapping turtle is a female about the size of a manhole cover who comes into our yard once a year to lay her eggs in our horse pasture and I know she is the one eating the wild ducks so preferably a duck who will stick to home rather than follow the urge to join the wild ducks. I also want a duck breed who will get along well with chickens since I'll have about 14 chickens and would like them to live together/free range together. I use to raise pekins, have had about 3, Angel, Drake, and Lucky. As much as I loved those three and adored them as pets I didn't like they lack of color. I also want a duck who can be indoor/outdoor. Our Pekins were able to come and go inside and outside the house as they wanted, ate out of door dishes like our dogs, and got on with our cats. Probably asking for the impossible but I have a year to decide so might as well get cracking.