I have FINALLY sold my husband on getting some muscovies. In order to make this go smoothly, I need a pretty solid plan in terms of housing for them. We have a large back yard, but are in a neighborhood with 1/4 acre lots and I don't want the ducks running around (additionally, we have 2 malamutes that would happily make any free ranging ducks lunch). I'd like a large enough enclosure to keep them happy and safe. I have a shady corner in the yard (the only place in the yard that gets shade during the summer) that I'd like to put them in, but it's on a slope. I figured that the most cost-effective way to do this would be to get a large chain-link dog kennel, and build a level base out of pressure treated lumber and chicken wire over cattle panel, bury that, and somehow mount the dog kennel to the base, then build a small shed and some sort of roosting perch in the kennel. Then make some sort of truss to mount on the top of the kennel and mount clear plexi roofing on half, and chicken wire on the other half. Is this totally insane? What size enclosure would be ideal for ducks that essentially do not leave the kennel, except when supervised by me, maybe once a week when I'm outside working in the yard or supervising? What am I overlooking?