Bear with me here, I'm a chicken gal, and I'm c-l-u-e-l-e-s-s when it comes to ducks! I've got three adorable young call ducks. We got them as pets, no intentions of breeding or anything (besides, they all turned out to be drakes ). I've basically been "tractoring" them in a small wire pen since they were old enough to live outside. They're in a busy area of the farm and they get moved around to fresh grass often. When I get a chance, I round them up and put them in a kiddie pool to play. Well, I'm feeling pretty bad about keeping them in the pen they're in. It's fine, not the most terrible set up in the world--I think they get their needs met, you know? But when I got them I had visions of (now here's where the clueless kicks in) them free-ranging like my chickens. I'm a tad bit more informed now, and I know that 1) they'd likely fly away if I cut them loose, and 2) they don't necessarily come back to the same place at night (I might not be able to lock them up in their house each night), so they'd be easy meals for predators. Ok, so I'm not letting them loose. So, now what do I do with my ducks? Yes, I could build a more permanent, larger run for them. But I really don't want to confine them to a run that will, of course, become a muddy mucky mess in a matter of days. Do I have any other options? Is wing clipping feasible/humane? If I clipped their wings, how high could they fly? The reason I ask about the wing clipping is because I have a nice paddock in front of my barn that is fenced in with 2" X 4" woven wire that is 4' tall. Could they fly out of that with clipped wings (something tells me they could, but I gotta ask anyway)? If I could keep them contained within the fence during the day, rounding them up into their house at night wouldn't be difficult (they're pretty friendly). This would give them so much more room and they would have constant access to decent pasture. Thoughts?