Hey all, I'm completely new to raising ducks, actually don't even have any yet but would love to raise a pair of silver wood ducks that I plan on acquiring next fall from a good source. The ducks will be a proven pair and will be ready for me sometime next October and will be raised on my 5 plus acre hobby farm. I have been doing a lot of research about how to raise these ducks and have read a lot of mixed things on ways people raise them. First question I would really like to know is, is it absolutely necessary to have a full on aviary for these types of ducks? I do plan on getting these ducks pinioned so they don't fly away. There will be a shelter provided for them to sleep in at night, and also a pond for them to swing in. Are these ducks possible to have as free range ducks and can just be put away at night or is an aviary a must for these guys. Also is it better to buy these as juveniles so you can raise them and get them use to the property so they know it's a good place to stay or is getting them as an adult pair just fine. I'd like to get these as free range ducks and then just provide whatever shelter and water they need and food. I figured if provided all that and also being pinioned they wouldnt want to take off. I know predators can be an issue which is why an enclosed shelter would be provided for them at night. Basically if someone or all of you could just give me the every bit of info on raising these and to have them stay around would be great. Also providing a pen of some sort wouldnt be an issue at all. I would just rather have them more as free rangers then just raising them in an enclosed aviary. There will also be some other Swedish blue farm ducks on the property as well. I live in Central Minnesota so the winters do get very cold. Thank you so much. Oh and also could someone provide a source to get wood ducks as juveniles? The place I've been looking into is Mallard Lane farms and they only sell their silver wood ducks as pairs.