Hello everyone, I'm a long-time lurker here and this is my first post. I've wanted chickens for a very long time but due to living situation I think Muscovy s may be a better choice. Here's what's going on Long post and I hope everybody reads through and can give me some good advice thanks in advance My husband and I live aboard a boat on a creek off a river on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. We've wanted fresh poultry mostly for eggs and also to be honest just for the fun of it. Meat is not a priority, but maybe a bonus byproduct of this endeavor. We have access to a lot of Shoreline and from what I understand muscovies are more waterfowl than ducks? I've seen lots of information about what is needed for a chicken coop but what about duck coops? Ideally I would like to be able to keep them secure at night, we do have raccoons in the area, but also let them access the property during the daytime to free range. That free range also would include free access to nearly unlimited water, which also makes me question the free-range, would they just swim /fly off? Another question I'm wondering about is we have lots of native species here, blue herons, wild mallards, winter wild ducks, cormorants and buffelheads,and geese that pass through. None of them are nesting on the property except the herons . We don't want to interfere with their nesting habits and don't know if introducing a group of muscovy s would upset the balance. Ideally we'd like to keep the flock small, 6 maybe? from what I understand muscovies are fairly proficient breeders? Anyway this is the start of the questions to see if this really is feasible or not. All advice is appreciated thanks so much!