I have googled a couple of these questions and I seem to get such mixed reactions I don't know what to think.. so I thought I'd get info directly from people who have ducks as pets themselves. 1) Can ducks inter-mingle with chickens either in the coop or free range or is it best to keep the birds separate? 2) What kind of essentials do I need for my ducks' habitat. I see that they need some type of pond but what about housing? Do I need to create a coop for them? (We do have predators where I live) 3) What's to keep the ducks from flying away? 4) How often do ducks lay eggs in comparison to chickens? Thank you for your time.