Hey everyone thanks for this thread. It has got me interested in these amazingly beautiful ducks (common in numbers maybe but uncommonly beautiful IMO). I have been researching and there seems to be a lot of opinion/experts out there. Some say one thing some another. Very confusing. Here is my situation...I have 10 black swedish ducks on a 1/2 acre pond. I would like to add a pair of Mandarins to the pond but don't want them to get beat up by the other ducks. The swedes are only 2 months old and 4 of them will end up in the freezer eventually so there will only be 6 on the pond (2 males/4 females). If I put out multiple feeders do you think the Mandarins and maybe wood ducks later will be ok? I plan on pinioning their wings so they won't fly away. Some of the opinions I have read say that 'exotic' or wild type ducks should only be kept in an enclosed aviary with others like them. Others say they will get along fine. Since most of you are experienced not only with this duck but others what do you think? Thanks!!!