Hi everyone, We are going to be converting an old chicken coop into a duck house later this fall and getting our first few ducks and so wanted to get advice from the experts here. - What breeds would you recommend that are good egg layers, not loud, and have calm temperaments? Based on my studies so far it's looking like Golden 300's, Khaki Campbells, and Welsh Harlequins are our best bet? The chicken coop is ~20 feet from our house and we have a dog that has an invisible fence system which keeps him from going into the chicken coop. - Would it be a better idea to get a mix of breeds or just multiple ducks of the same breed? Are there certain breeds that don't get along? - Our chicken coop is really a small building that was converted to a chicken coop. It's ~10 feet tall inside and about 10 feet long and 8 feet wide. From what i've read, ducks don't like to nest up high and their nest boxes have to be on the ground. Is there anyway to get multiple levels of nest boxes so we could fit more ducks in our coop, or should ducks only nest on the ground? Based on some rough math, leaving entryways for us to walk in and for the ducks to walk out, we could fit probably 5-7 ducks on the ground floor if they need 4 square feet per duck. - We are looking at getting the ducks in mid to late September, and they will have just hatched. Is that too late in the year as winter will be coming soon or is it just fine so long as you provide necessary accommodations? - We are going to construct a run out the back end of the chicken coop that will probably be ~17 feet long and ~8 feet wide. Should the water supply for the ducks be on the inside of the coop or on the outside of the coop bordering the run? Didn't know if it made more sense to keep the water on the outside to keep the coop dryer, but then they'd have to go out in the cold to get water in the winter. What setups do y'all use to keep their water supply from freezing? - The feeder setups we've seen are basically pvc pipes that gravity feed as the ducks eat. Should the ducks have all the food they want to eat all the time, or are you supposed to regulate when they can eat? What feeder setups do you recommend? Thanks, "Lonesome Duck"