We just got our little guy, it's just him, he was a freebie, and I know next to nothing about ducks. Ours is still in quarantine and he will be til early December. It's cold here, so I was gonna just let him stay in the barn with the rest of the flock for the duration of the winter. He will not be near water there but I assume that's ok, since it would be frozen anyway. In the spring though, we are trying to decide what to do. We have a pond, but it is in or near the woods, at the opposite end of our property from the barn where the rest of the flock is. I won't put him in the pond alone, but we will have to get him a friend or two in the spring. I'm worried about predators down there though. Should we build the ducks a duck house, or do they need shelter? Our pond has lots of cover, but that's also cover for the scads of coons and everything else that goes down there to fish, hunt, and drink. And we have lots of wild ducks who come through during migration season that i'm not necessarily interested in discouraging from staying over for a rest on our pond. Canada geese and ducks do not usually nest there and I'm pretty sure it's because the risk of coyote predation is pretty high, but it might be because they are worried about our dog, too. . So, anyway, here's my questions 1) For now, what should we feed him? Breeder told us what we feed the rest of our flock is ok for him too, which is, layer pellets or crumbles, Flock Raiser, scratch, or cracked corn, or usually a combination thereof, with the majority being layer or Flock Raiser.; Sometimes sunflower seeds mixed in . Is this ok for him? Or should we feed him waterfowl food? 2) Do ducks need a shelter house if they're on a pond? Our neighbor down the road started out with 12 white Calls and a duck house; over the past couple of years we have sadlly watched them dwindle to two. It doesn't look like the house provides much protection. I've also talked to others in the past who said they never provided any shelter for their ducks. 3) Would he be happy staying with the flock on dry land until we can make arrangements for him on the pond, if we do that? We have a large baby wading pool... 4) How long do ducks live as a general rule and how prolific are they? How would he react if we got him a male friend, and would they stick around or wander? We are not interested in babies, really, and it would be pretty much impossible to monitor nesting and/ or babies down there. 5) Lastly, is it possible that he'd get tame enough that we could take him down for a swim, and he'd come if we called? I mean I guess it would be possible, but I don't know how tame they will get; I know some of our chickens tame easily and others are horrified at the thought of being a close friend to people. This last scenario would be ideal, if he'd follow us around, though a lot more work. Anyway, any advice is appreciated. Oh, and are there any chicken treats/ refrigerator leftovers that the duck should not have?