I've got four ducks and a drake. I've had them for about 2 months. They are 10-11 months old now. I've got a pen for them which i put them in at night. Its about 3m squared. I let them out in the day to go where they want. This was fine for a while but now they are starting to wonder further afield and are finding some plants that i wish they would leave alone. They also have had a chew in my vegetables. It looks like i am going to have to build a pen to keep them locked up in almost all the time. I need to figure out how big should this be, and where to put it. I'd like to make them a nice pond inside the pen. How do i figure out where is the best place to locate this pen. Our place is 1.1 hectares. The block is rectangular. It has a slope. The house is at the top of the block and at the bottom, in about a whole third of it there is a rainforest plot. Next to this forest patch we have what we call a nursery. Its not anymore but part of it might be a suitable location and the posts are still in. This whole area is 35 metres long by 16m wide. In the southern end which is about 8.5 metres long, i was thinking i could put a pond and maybe the ducks there. I put in some bananas and until now have been using it as my propagation nursery and growing some veges. There's a tap in there. But this part of the block gets soggy during the wet season. This patch is next to a large workshop. I would love to keep my ducks free roaming but soon i will be planting lots of legumes and cover crops and i don't think they will be able to compete with the ducks during establishment. I wouldn't mind being able to continue using this area as my nursery for a while. Its got benches that i can put my seedlings up on. I dont know if the ducks would jump up on there. I am also getting chickens soon. I need to figure out this whole dilemma. Has anyone got any feedback, ideas, further questions?