Hello everyone, I have been reading through threads, and websites in preparation for getting ducks. But I am wondering if I am on the right track: We live on a little over an acre, lots of open land, and we actually back to a lake though it is NOT my plan to allow my domestic ducks down there (there is a wildlife preserve across the lake and we have a lot of wild waterfowl, so I doubt domestic is legal there in any case). I am instead, planning on making a duck yard, with access to my 3 fenced in yards. There they will serve as slug control, and also pets. They will be pets first and foremost. I am planning on 4-6 ducks total. Not planning on breeding or hatching eggs. and I am leaning toward larger breeds due to how much wildlife abounds here. I am not planning on letting the ducks out when I am not there, but you never know. I want calm friendly ducks, and really that is what matters. I would prefer to buy from a small farm, not a hatchery. I do want good foragers, and I do not want muscovies. The pen will be covered with netting, and I am thinking of making it out of chain link panels. It will be located within 20 feet of my house. It will have a wading pool, and a house, I am thinking a dog house style with a door that can be locked. How large should this be for 4-6 ducks? Do the ducks need to be locked in at night? I am thinking yes, but just double checking. If so, do I need to keep water in with them at night? Is a pen 10X20 large enough? I would prefer to wait till the end of June to buy ducks - is that too late in the hatching season? If it is, I will be looking in April. Trying to plan having to raise them around 2 trips Finally, does anyone know of a small breeder with a good breed in either Western WA, or Oregon? I am located at the very south end of WA next to the ocean. Thanks for any help to this duck newbie!