How many people on here keep water in their pens/coops or not?
This year is the first year we're going to have way more birds. Prior to this winter, we've had 10 birds to deal with, and this year it'll be closer to 20 (depending on if we're eating anybody or not). Half of the birds are ducks, half chickens. I'm really concerned about messy watering this winter and our bedding freezing--last year 8 of the birds were ducks, and we had some freezing issues in a couple spots in the pen.
Any suggestions about bedding that we can leave or layer? Our coop is 8'x8'--we may or may not be adding a small additional structure depending on what kind of time we have to do with some other home renovations :)