I originally started off wanting to get 5-6 chickens, but with the location of the potential coop/run, that might not be a good idea. The backyard is sloped and gets soggy in the back after rains. Plus, it gets full sun all day as there are no trees around. Plus, the wife said she likes ducks better, so here I am asking questions. Here's what I'm thinking... We live in a subdivision in the county, so there are no rules regarding livestock. The backyard is approximately 75' x 60' with privacy fence on the back and the neighbors' chainlink on each side. The houses are fairly close together, so I'm needing somewhat quiet birds to keep the neighbors on speaking terms. We have 7 dogs (yes 7), so I'll need to somehow keep them separated. I plan on putting boards on the lower half of the run and hardware mesh on the top. I'm thinking this will keep the dogs, and potential predators from seeing/harming the ducks. I'm currently thinking 3-4 Welsh Harlequins as they are supposed to be calm and fairly quiet. I'm thinking 3-4 so we can see if waterfowl are for us, and if not, it would be easier to re-home 3 to 4 instead of a 10. Finally, here's my questions. Sorry it's taken so long...I hope I still have ya...LOL 1. The ducks would probably be housed in a coop/run 90% of the time due to the dogs with only supervised free time. How much space do you think I would need for the 3-4 ducks comfortably? I was originally going to do something like the Wichita Cabin Coop for the chickens, so thinking something like, but with an appropriate coop for the ducks instead of chickens. 2. Am I correct in believing that the Welsh Harlequins are fairly quiet? Even though I've read ducks may not voluntarily go inside the coop at night like chickens, are they noisy at night? While I don't want extremely loud noises in the daytime, I'm more concerned about evening and night. 3. As I stated, I was thinking about the Wichita Coop for the chickens which was about 10'x5' which is 50sq ft. Could 3-4 ducks get by with that, and I build on next summer maybe doubling that? I'm thinking the first part covered with a roof, and the addition just being open with hardware mesh. I don't want to do the birds a disservice by not providing a proper environment. Sorry for the long post, but I've read hundreds of pages and posts in the last few days, and I figured I'd just ask a few specific questions. Thanks in advance for your help!