After tons of research, we've decided on DUCKS. Not only that, we've decided on a breed. We'll be looking for Welsh Harlequins. They should be good layers, and are considered "rare", so by raising these we will help prolong the breed.
We're making all kinds of plans: how many, when to get them, how to house them, etc. Like we need something else to do! It'll be fun, a new adventure. We're planning on making a "duck tractor" or portable pen/house, so we can move them from place to place, letting them forage in the garden when not planted or when plants are established, to eat weeds and unwanted insects.