OHIO Moved to the country about 4 1/2 years ago due to my dog rescue but ever since I saw the pond I knew I wanted Ducks and maybe some Guinea hens. We have some ups and downs with our duck experience but boy how I adore these guys. We started with a bunch of ducks I got when a friend and I actually went to go look at some chickens for her. The man had a huge amount of ducks in his very large fenced in backyard and was seriously reducing his flock and claimed it was FREE FRIDAY lol and off I went home with my first batch of ducks. BTW it is amazing how many ducks can fit in a large plastic dog kennel. My absolute favorites were the Indian Runners which were a curious mix of Duck and Penguin. Unfortunately none of the Indian Runners survived the first week here. I just found them here and there just lifeless and concerned as to what happened to them. Two years later I suspect that they were very young, thin and as I recalled the only food I had seen was cracked corn and now suspect they were nutritionally unsound at the time I got them. We started off just free range with a 4 x 8 Duck hut and as most of you can imagine it did not go well and I had a massacre one Winter morning that left me distraught. Something, my guess was a stray dog killed about 8 ducks they were just left laying here and there. All were unmarked except one was missing her neck and head. We have since added a 10x 20 dog kennel. Then added a chicken wire to the bottom 4 ft and also made a chicken wire roof. finally had to add hardware cloth over the sides and eventually also did the floor. I still do not feel like it is 100 % safe but so far there have not been any more incidents. I put them up at night and out to free range on the pond and in the surrounding fields that are farmed, and soy beans and corn are grown.