So now that it is winter, I'm learning a lot about duck pen management. One of my biggest problems is that the water they spill out of their 5 gal turns into a frozen cascade because of the cold temperatures. So it stays fluid because of the heater under it, but the water they squirt out the sides of their bills, as well as what they spill with their 'vigorous' drinking, becomes like a lava flow, that instantly freezes. Then, it becomes a slippery slope that they slide on when they try to drink. Lately they have taken to just standing in their food dish while they drink so the footing is more stable!!
Crazy! I will have to put some drainage under my food and water section in the summer when I can. I would like to put in an iron grate similar to what is used outside of a door in a deck or porch, to drain water around the doorway.
I'm also finding that poop freezes too, so on the cold days I don't have to worry so much about them getting filthy because the poop is all frozen.
I"ve been able to keep their 110 gal tub going with a floater heating unit. The tub is surrounded by rocks and sand so the mess isn't too bad on that side of the cage.
They love going in their night hut on the really cold nights. There is a heat lamp in there. I have hay and wood shavings in it. The heat also keeps the eggs from freezing the 0-10 degree nights.
I am getting educated also had ducks for 3 months and they have been getting room service. So glad to get them out side for the days and they still have a mess. But I am learning from all the duck owners, tips and tricks to get around the problem, some what. Digging a hole and having a grate over it then the water bucket., to catch the water mess. the water would have a chance to soak in the ground. But now I have started not to feed them at night. I still have their clean water available to them but with no feed in there, ,they would have less reason to be using water as much.