Ever since reading The Resilient Gardener by Carol Deppe, I have been thinking about ducks. I purchased and read the Storey duck guide, and have been following this forum. While Storey has very good information, my other Storey Guides (Chickens, Turkeys, Rabbits) have not always been as helpful or specific as the information I've gotten here and in other forums online. Deppe makes a wonderful case for Anconas. And they certainly are cute! So, those of you who have, have had, or know well someone who has Anconas, can you please share your experiences? (I have never had ducks.) We have two acres. The back acre can be covered with puddles during the year as we have very high groundwater and it rains quite a bit. We have a seep for several months. Story says to keep ducks away from stagnant water. The water in the seep is stagnant, especially in the spring, when it is slowly drying up. There is a pair of wild mallards who occasionally visit it to swim and play. Our chickens and turkeys dig around the edge, wade in, and often can be seen drinking from the seep. If I am careful to provide clean water as well for drinking and swimming, do you see the seep as dangerous for the ducks? We will be eating our friends the turkeys over the next few months. While we adore their engaging personalities, the females do gang up on and bully the chickens. Do you think Anconas will peacefully free range with the chickens? (We have Buff Orpingtons.) I plan on putting up separate housing for the ducks to sleep in. Would a shelter inside a 10x10' covered kennel be sufficient for 6 ducks? (Or could I have even more than 6 in a kennel that size?) They would only be confined to the kennel at night or on the rare occasions we are out of town for a night or two. The rest of the time they would have the run of the property. We're zone 8, so I don't think our climate will be a challenge. Will Anconas climb several steps to come up to the door and peek in the window like chickens and especially (mostly) turkeys? Washing the deck constantly is a chore I will not miss after we enjoy our final turkey dinner this spring. How noisy are Anconas? Although I suppose if our neighbors haven't complained about the turkeys and our rooster, we're fine... Will a four foot tall "deer and rabbit" fence (very, very small holes at the bottom) keep ducks out of the garden? Oh, for those of you with mixed flocks and experience: would I be able to start with eggs and have a broody chicken hen hatch them and raise them, or would I be better off with day-olds and brood them myself? I always wonder what a chicken mom would do with those "funny looking chicks." Would she be a devoted mommy like she would be for chicken babies, or would she abandon them because they don't look right? (The BOs we had go broody last year were wonderful mothers, but that was to real chicks.) Would one drake to four or five Ancona females be a good ration? In your experience will one or two of the females probably go broody the following year? Anything else you can share for a duck newbie? Thank you!