We are in Oregon. I have 2 acres on a little river. I created a 70 by 30 fenced pasture and put in a bunch of chickens (50 or more-- lost count). I also have quail in a couple cages, bunnies also in some hutches, and two goats of my own and 4 that I am boarding in my "Goat Hotel" for people who plan to find farms in the future. The other animals are kitties and the wild animals in and above the river. I would like to get some ducks. The question is what kind: Muscovy, Campbell or Runner. I do not want whatever they are to fly off with the Mallards and Wood Ducks that are often in the river. They are obviously my first ducks and I am not sure. I want a great layer! I want duck eggs! I have a coop for the chickens. This is large and opens out on the pasture area. The coop door is about 4 feet up because the goats went through if the door was lower There is also a tiny barn with an 8 by 12 room for the goats to sleep and a metal door I can slide over it for goat security. The barn is onen on the pasture side. There is a viewing area to see the goats when they sleep and to care for them if sick, etc. The bunnies and the quail are in another area near the pasture inside of large hutches and cages. There is lots of space outside the pasture, but I found that hens were tearing everything up, dropping dropping all over, and the roosters generally were not friendly toward visitors. I realize ducks can be messy, too, but I do not plan to have 50 or more as with our chickens. The chickens are inside the pasture with the goats! They all enjoy being in there! They run around all day together and look beautiful. My goats are all now gathered round a Christmas Tree I put in for their eating pleasure. So, now I want ducks. SOME say the ducks could live with the chickens in the big coop. Others say ducks spread diseases to chickens and they suggest having the ducks free range all over and having a house for them not in the pasture area. This last seems good. I am thinking that ducks will need a kiddie pool for swimming and some people say that ducks can hurt chickens, etc Some say ducks can eat chicken feed. Others say chicken feed will kill them. I thought I would just try chicken food! If chicken food is not good then they will HAVE to be separate from the hens because the hens' feed is accessed easily inside their big coop. My idea right now is for the ducks to have a small covered house where we feed them and right next to that house would be a kiddie pool for them to wet their feed and to paddle around if they want to. The ducks would be allowed to free range around our yard. That way they can eat up bugs and slugs. NW Oregon is the slug capital of the world! So, the questions are: Would I need to get runners due our little farm being right on the river? Would other breeds swim off or fly off? Should I clip their wings to stop that? I do not want them to fly south in the spring! Will ducks go int at night like chickens do? What breed is the best layer? What would I need for them? What genders and how many of each would make a great start? Should I get tiny ones at the farm store or an adult pair or just a couple female adults? Adults are selling for around 25 dollars, and that is a lot for just an experiment wtih ducks. I plan to do some chicken chicks under a heat lamp in couple of weeks, and would it work out to put a couple of ducklings in with them? I believe baby duckies will cost around 4 dollars or less. Later on, I want to figure out how to use my incubator, which I traded someone for but have not yet tried at all. However, I am tied up with projects and won't get to that for another 6 weeks or so. I want duckies NOW! Will I need to trim their wings to prevent them from flying off with the migrating birds spring and fall or will they stay if I give them good feed? Besides a shelter, a pool, chicken feed what else will ducks need if anything?