Long story short: While incubating chicken eggs, some wild ducks (mallards) laid an egg on the doormat outside our back, sliding glass door. This was no place for a nest. We put the egg in with the chicken eggs and now we have 7 chickens and 1 duck ranging in age from 7 to 9 weeks old. Currently, all of them are sleeping in the garage and spending the days out on the grass in pens. We are new to all of this, so we are still building our coop. It is almost done, it's just a matter of 2-3 more days. Our coop has a 12' X 5' run, with the hen house above and some vertical space for the birds too. We are not sure how the duck will do in there, especially when the chickens head into the henhouse to sleep (she loves her adopted chicken family and does not like to be alone). In the past week Pepper the Duck has flown away twice and twice my husband has walked the neighborhood and found her (possibly him). I think we are at a point where we need to make a decision about her future. The way I see it, there are 3 options: 1. We keep her and clip her wings. Our hens will have moderate "free-range" access to our yard, so we can't imagine how we could keep the duck always locked up. 2. We come to terms with the idea that even though she is somewhat tame, Pepper is a wild duck and if she escapes she will be OK and has the instincts is takes to survive. Because we feed her and keep her safe at night my husband is worried that she cannot survive on her own. (She still lets us hold her, although it's not as easy to pick her up as it once was.) 3. We find someone to take her that has an enclosed area for ducks, where she can fly a bit, but is still taken care of and kept safe from predators. We don't know very much about ducks and so are having a hard time deciding what's best for Pepper. I would appreciate some input form experienced people at this point. Thank you!