I've moved, and pending landlord/partner approval I'll hopefully be finally getting my ducks. There are two 8-10 week old Rouen hens waiting in my hometown for me to pick up, if I want them. We now live on a smaller lot. The grass part of our yard is approximately 600 sq. feet, and it's connected to a approx. 400 sq. foot graveled portion of the yard off of my back porch. It's in this fenced area I imagine the ducks free ranging/foraging during the day. When I'm home, they'll get to explore the "back 40", thogh I'm not totally sure about that, since our neighbors have a big pile of junk that's in this portion of the yard: I will likely be putting their little pond up on top of our well w/a ramp: I have some options for night time housing (at this time, this would be the only time they're really contained, save the backyard fence) and would like some input: -If they'll let me use it, my landlords left behind one of those HUGE plastic dog crates. The ones for 80+ pound dogs. Could two hens sleep comfortably in there at night? If so, should I leave the crate locked outside somewhere or inside our large garage (not used for cars, just a big empty building with wood floors) -I already have a dog crate I'm not using, but it's for a smaller dog. My 15 lb. Boston Terrier used to sleep in it, and it's big enough for her dog bed and a few blankets. -We have a woodshed in the yard, which you can partially see in the following photo. To make it predator safe, I would need to enclose the sides and front in hardware cloth, and build some kind of door? I also don't know what the best flooring option would be. Right now there are a few old pallets and then dirt under that: -The garage. It's a big two-car garage with little in it except a lawnmower and wood scraps. It's all wood flooring inside. It seems like a secure building, but I'd need to walk around and make sure there are no holes where predators can get in. If I didn't allow the hens water at night (which I read about in "Raising Ducks"), would this space be too big? What type of bedding would be suitable to put down? Would it be smarter to just partition off a part of the garage? Would their poop ruin the wood (it's not nice wood at all, but I don't own the home). -There is a pickup truck shell just sitting in the back 40. I'm not sure if I could have access to it, but would this be an easy thing to turn into a night time coop? I don't have any photos of that but can take some today. I should say, money is definitely of the essence right now. Also, if I were to get these gals, any tips on socializing? They're used to being around dogs and humans, but I want to make sure they're comfortable being handled and around people, and I'd also like to train them to follow me to the Community Garden (which is just behind my house). If you made it through this post, cookies to you!