Being from Northern Utah myself, we are in a neighborhood with TONS of ducks and we have never lost any to predators, so I dont' house my ducks....YET! We are working on a nighttime pen for them because their eggs keep getting eaten by something and now that I got up the guts to try an egg, I am SO excited to collect many a day!!! Anyway, I don't pen mine at night, and they survived last winter just fine. We have a bunch of willows around our pond that offers them a ton of protection...that is where they hang out right now in the heat of the day, and where they were during the winter months. We actually got them a dog house, but they never used it! Last year, every single morning, I would go out with a sledgehammer and shovel, break the ice on the pond, scoop out the ice chunks, and then would I would walk away, the ducks had a BLAST swimming and duncking and spashing around like they were in Hawaii!!!!! I was worried about them every single night....a neighbor who has chickens, ducks, and geese pointed out that we pluck their feathers to make coats for humans so what was I so worried about. Once she said that I felt a BIT better, but I still worry!!! This house we are building is going to help me a lot with worrying, but the ducks out there right now probably won't use it. My Anconas, on the other hand, better!!!!
Edited by bayyjayy - 9/4/11 at 8:13pm
One night when I was really worried about them last year when we had really, really cold weather, wind and everything, hubby started getting his shoes on...I asked why....he said to go take care of my ducks, LOL....anyway, he went out there to move the doghouse to the middle of the willows to give them even more protection....when he came in he said, "They must not be that darn cold...they are in the MIDDLE OF THE POND!" And it was COLD!