I have 2 1/2 acers and We have already started with Goats and Alpacas. We have a lot of room and was thinking about raising mallards and not trimming them but just letting fly away and see if they return. We live in Golden Valley, Az. It gets very warm here in the summer so any ducks that I raise would probably head North for the summer. I really dont know that much about raising ducks. I am in the learning stage and want to do it right. I will be putting in a small pond and building a shelter for them, with fencing to keep predtors out. We love all kind of critters and and belive that we are sheperds for all of Gods creachers. Watching the grand kids go nuts is a plus also. What time of year would be right for me to start?