Well I decided to start some flocks for self-reliance. But I soon leared that I didn't quite get what I wanted. I got a flock but now I rely on feed purchases; so no luck in self sufficiency. Furthermore, in trying to narrow down my choices for Duck breeds I have come to the following list: Saxony Silver Applyeard Metzer white layer Muscovy Pekin So instead of one, simple breed, I walk into my backyard and tis "Quak Quak Quak!!!" =( Concerning chicknes: My first peck at chickens started with a dozen sex linked "farm chicks" that were supposed to be sexed but turned out to be sex-linked. The break down of their fate is as follows: 6: Died before pullet size 1: Drowned 2: Discovered to be roosters after they started crowing. Made interesting first chicken meal. 2: Killed by coyotes, including my valiant dominant roo. 1: Left. I have yet to cull it out of pity. Total eggs produced from project of 6 months: One dozen. My current flock: 10 Buff Orpington pullets, 3 roos 5 Silver Spritzelbaughns An assortment of chicks: Brahma, Speckled Sussex, White rock, White Leghorns, and Golden Hamburgs. Am am very confused at this point.