I have read a lot of the threads on here already and done some other researching on other sites each one has some things alike and yet so many differences so I'd like to start a new thread and ask for advice. I have a duck house. About 3 feet wide by 7 feet long. Made completely out of wood, other than the wire mesh for venting. About 4 feet of it is 4 1/2 feet high and the remainder is about 3 feet high. Vents along the top of the whole back of the house, both high and low ends. Ramped door for duck/goose entry. 2 swinging; barn; doors above for ease of cleaning and then the 'roof' on the low end lifts up for access. This duck house is inside of a 10x10x8 (peaked) dog kennel. I haven't critter proofed the perimeter yet, however I will be sinking something down 6 to 8" before winter sets in. I have 4 ducks and 1 goose. They put themselves to bed at last light and I raise their ramp door and secure it with a latch and then I shut the door to the kennel. I let them out about 1/2 an hour after first light. No food or water inside the house. Kennel door is left open until bedtime again and they free range on about 1/2 an acre of yard all day. I have various water bowls set up in different parts of the yard and they have the large kiddie pool which I clean out and refill about every 4 days. Large feed bowl is inside the kennel door about 10 feet away from the nearest water source + pool. I am using pine shavings about 3-4 inches deep over a wood floor inside the duck house and change it about once a week and remove 1/2 and add fresh halfway though the week. I keep a keen nose out for any strong ammonia odors and refresh/clean accordingly. Ok, there's what I think you should know... here's my question... Is there a different setup inside for bedding that I should be using once the weather gets nastier? I live in Kelso, WA, about 50 miles North of Portland, OR. I know ducks/geese are pretty cold weather hardy; duh! They are wearing their own personal down coats! I was wondering more for cleanliness for them, ease of cleaning for me, etc more than I was wondering if they were going to get cold. I have read about hay, straw, pine shavings, sand, pellets and something called the deep litter method which seems like it's a combo of all the aforementioned, basically. I've also read about DE and lime being mixed in with sand or sprinkled on the floor to control wetness and/or odor. Everyone's experience, advice sounds legit... I just don't know which way to go. The pine shavings I am using now is working fine but it is a total change out once a week. And it only takes me about 1/2 an hour to totally clean it out and re-pine the floor so it's not really the labor either. The floor doesn't seem to be "wet", some damper spots than others which I then toss a handful of fresh pine shavings on and rub it in and it seems to pull out any extra dampness. I am hoping that y'all will post lots of experiences and advice on THIS thread (if you haven't perished from reading this LOOONG post!) and that I will find inspiration!!! Also, if you have any other advice or concern about my setup, please feel free to correct me! Thanking everyone in advance!!!