I wanted to see how many of us have exclusively indoor, or a mix of indoor/outdoor ducks. Nettie's crowd in other words I suppose we have different things to think about don't we? Like non-disposable alternatives to diapers, how to keep them from sitting in the cat's favorite place in front of the heater, keeping the smell down, etc. Stories, problems, quirks ---- of the house-roaming anatidae I have 3 male mallards. I have Pollock, the oldest by 6 hours, who is scaredy-cat and always seems a bit more nervous about me for some reason. Bergensteinstien is the underdog, who is my lap duck and the obvious duck on the bottom of the totem pole, a total sweetie. Tethys had to be helped out of his shell when he pipped too soon and tuckered himself out. He has always been the runt and looks a little disheveled, and he has a little man complex and is the most aggressive and vies with Pollock and me for head of the flock. Their schedule is that they go out in the daytime and I bring them in at night, give them a bath, and then put them in their diapers to free roam. A funny story- about 1/10 of the time, I forget to separate the cat's food, so they always make a bee-line for it when I open the bathroom door to let them out into the rest of the house for the night, because they know that 10% of the time, they might get a mouthful of cat food. My frustrations- Number one is finding sitters for going away for a day or two, and for even longer, whoa, I need to really start planning ahead in case. -Going through so many diapers and knowing they go to a landfill; I want to maybe look into something else. -"I think it's adorable that you like to sleep aside me on the floor right by my bed, but that's where I usually put my feet when I get up in the morning!" -They try desperately to get on my lap to get at, or simply jump up to and snatch at, my dinner while I am eating it comfortably in my chair. -"Bergensteinstien, I don't know how many times I have to remind you that my armpit is not a hiding place for peas and I'm ticklish there" My triumphs-When they sit on your lap and let you pet their feathers and stroke and kissy their soft cheeks. A sleeping duck on your lap. That look they give you when they wake up suddenly and are immediately at peace seeing that it's nothing bad, it's just you *yaaaaawn* *back to sleep* -Having people come over, and they wonder aloud genuinely about what we are going to have for dinner, and then the fast forward to when they come out of the bathroom with diapers. on. -The cat eventually stops getting freaked out by them, and you get times where all the ducks and the cat find space together in front of the heater. -Making food and having ducks at your feer -They're ducks!