Hi everyone, Proud owner of six pekin ducklings...three weeks old and healthy...wow are they growing fast...they need a house. I started a 4'x4' framed house for them...and my wife announced she wants to add four khakis to the flock...well now the house I started is already too small...so here is my plan. I will keep going with the 4x4 but add some nest boxes to the back...and to give them more space...right beside the house I plan on giving them a 4'x8' semi-enclosed run open to the house at all times. It will have roof and three sides covered with metal corrugated roofing...and the front open to air covered with hardware cloth. The floor will be 2x2 patio blocks( I have alot of these just sitting around). The roof will hinge so I can get in and clean...the water and.food will of course sit out in the run so they don't muck the house up. The house itself is 2x3 framing...metal roof and openable venting for summer. The whole thing will be predator proofed with hardware cloth because I live.next to the allegheny national forest in Northwest PA and have to deal with hawks, eagles, coyotes, skunks, opossums, foxes, bobcats, bears and racoons, and fishers. I will be building a seperate portable pvc hoophouse pen 12' x 16' to protect them when they forage during the day and I can't be outside. My questions are...is the permanent pen enough space for 10 ducks even in a cold snowy northwest PA winter? I know the whole thing isn't fully enclosed but they have a total of 48 square feet of space and will only be in there at.night and during extremely bad weather. I was going to use straw on the flooring of both the house and enclosed run. When im home and can be.outside they will free range and I am damming up a.natural spring to make them a 10'x10' mini pond with a sluice gate for easy washout. If some is home and not outside they will forage in the hoophouse. The ducks will only.be in the house nights and when no one is home(rarely) and when it gets brutal in winter. Is this a feasible plan? Opinions please!!!