Ok, I have had chickens for a little over a year now and had 2 ducks also. We had an intruder problem,now taken care of, and so we are going to be restocking so to speak. I will give ya a brief plan that I am thinking and then my questions, please help meout where you can lol. I have 1 duck left, a hen. I would like to get a drake and a few more hens. Im thinking that I will be letting the ducks have thier own pen and the chickens their own this time too. My boyfriend likes duck eggs so I want something that lays well, but I will have plenty of chickens too so the enjoyment of watching them is just as important to me, lol. Im not sure if he is thinking of wanting any for meat purposes(hope not to much ) we have to discuss that a bit more. Now my questions are, what is a good hen to drake ratio or does a lot depend on the breed? And what breed/breeds would be good for us? How do you work out how much swim space they need? Also how much nesting space do they need? Will they share nest boxes like the chickensor will I need to give them more options for places? Right now there is a slight ramp that they go in to the coop, the duck does manage it but not gracefully lol, would I be better off just building a "shed" type thing for the ducks leaving the option of the ramp also? Id like them to all use the coop in the winter, then it stays warmer with them all inside and I can centralize the heat light to keep 1 water thawed. Right now my lone hen is in with the chickens and is getting along well andI will be putting a screen divider in the coop to give the ducks their own section when the time comes so she will still get to be near her buddies, lol. Hopefully this isnt to much of a confusing mess to read, and I thank everyonefor their input!