First off Hello! I love all birds but ducks and geese are my favorites. My experience with ducks is limited to feeding them at the pond behind my home, they have mallards and muscovies down there. Well I found a muscovy baby, he was still covered in yellow and brown down, anyway his leg was hurt badly. (I think a cat got to him, we have many strays around here) I took him to a vet here, he patched his leg up best he could and told me what to do, I had him for about a month and then he died. No clue why, he was limping about because of his leg, vet said he ddint know why. That really broke my heart but after him I figured I wanted to keep ducks as pets, because he was the sweetest thing ever! What breeds do you all recommend? I have a fondness so far for Pekin, Rouen, Buff, Runners and Cayuga. Not sure which I would like to raise though. Does anyone have any pros and cons about each? I live in close proximity to my neighbors so that is something to consider. I have all the time in the world for them so none of this is an issue. Should I buy from a hatchery? And if so whats the best? I was told Metzer but if anyone knows a hatchery near Savannah, GA I'd love to check it out. What about males vs. females? I was told to get females because of eggs, but also because they are generally sweeter. Males also bite near the mating season so does anyone have experience with that? What about geese? I love Embden and Buff! So beautiful! So any help at all here? I would appreciate it. Oh and yes I have been doing all my research for a good while now and I have a buddy in canada who has a swan that she adores, wears a diaper and sleeps on her bed and all. A swan isnt a goose or duck but she knows her stuff. So, I'm ready to undertake this responsibility. Thanks for any and all help guys!