Last night we had freezing rain, a nice little sheet of ice on everything. I woke up this morning, looked out the window and saw how pretty it was, and then had a flash of horror as I wondered if those idiot ducks had slept out in it. I had this mental picture of their noses iced over and them frozen into place or something.
So I rushed and put 3 layers of clothes on and shot outside to see. Their run is secure, so I don't lock them up, they can choose indoor or out. I didn't even think of the freezing rain and their habit of facing winter head on and being outside in it.
Their noses weren't iced over, but the rest of them was! The top of their heads, their backs and shoulders, tails free of it since they wiggle them so much. I have duckcicles, just as I feared!
It falls off easy, they'll be ice free in no time. They didn't seem bothered by it one bit. Quackers put her egg in the house, so they must have been indoors at some point. Usually she lays it in the run. I have the run lined thickly in pine needles, they can bed down pretty deep in it.
I put fresh pine needles down so that they're not on the ice. It'll melt tomorrow and the next day, it's headed back up the the 50's.
I know they're not stupid, but must they worry me this much? I guess I need to start going out every evening and locking them up, just for my own sanity.