Hello all, I figured this would be a wonderful place to start and get any questions answered. I am buying my first house in San Diego and am looking into egg layers/ companions because I have always wanted them! My mother has chickens, and although she loves them, I am totally enamored with ducks. I really enjoy quirky personalities and my guy's sister is highly allergic to chickens/chicken eggs, which caused me to look further into ducks. I also LOVE vegetable gardening so it sounds like they may be helpful as means of organic pest control without totally wrecking my garden. I have been pouring over pretty much every website known to man, and daydreaming via pinterest for weeks now. I don't plan on getting any ducklings until spring but would love some input. So far the duck breeds I am most interested in are Welsh Harlequins or Muscovies. My guy isn't especially fond of the red faces, but it sounds like they may be excellent in a suburban setting! I have a multi-level backyard with a hillside above (raised beds going in asap) where I would put the duck house, and a level grass yard below. Is there anything I really need to take into consideration? Any advice would help greatly!