We are happy to have a few Khaki Campbell ducks about the place--they are
very domesticated and kid-friendly pets. We do have a small pond for them,
but you really could get by with a small wading pool if you have access to
water to clean it out for them regularly. Let me tell you, ducks can muck up
a body of water incredibly quickly--but the water is great plant food for
We do not supplement their feed much, except in winter when they are not
able to forage for themselves. They get a bit of corn in the winter and food
scraps from the kitchen. Our ducks hang out here in the yard looking for
handouts along with the chickens and dogs and other critters. They run out
to meet visitors when a car arrives. They bed down with the dogs for
protection at night rather than sleeping in the pond--guess they are pretty
aware of the local coyote population. All in all pretty fascinating
creatures really--very communicative and observant.
I think the key might be what kind of duck and how many--the khakis are
domesticated and do not migrate. With other types of ducks--well if they did
not like the scene they would just go elsewhere!
I have found the ducks are much handier garden mates than our chickens--who
love nothing more than to scratch up a newly made seedbed, and nip every
single seedling and piece of fruit in the garden. They eats tons of insects
and leave our food intact!
So, if you want to try it, I would suggest starting small and seeing how it
Hope this helps