thought Id post a little encouraging story for the other newbie duck owners. we have 3 new ducks that will just be 12 weeks old tomorrow. I have been getting them prepared for this winter since about 3 weeks old when we first put them outside for good. since I was getting them a little late in the year I was worried about the winter. last night it got down to zero degrees. the night house is just small enclosure the size of a pallet tucked next to a building to protect it from the wind.it sits off the ground a few inches and about 3 1/2 feet in height. there is close to 2 feet of straw the pack down and burrow into and I wrapped and old thick big king size electric blanket with a tarp. I was pretty worried last night but everything Ive read says they should be fine. we have been getting snow already but no nights this cold yet. we have 1 buff female 1 chocolate runner female and 1 white crested male ( pekin I think). this morning it was only about 5 degrees and they came out happy and fine. after food and water the runner went and burrowed herself in some straw for awhile so I assume she got a little cold while the others bit at snow flakes falling. she eventually came out to play to when it warmed up just a little more. I keep a few covered spots available in different spots full of a couple feet of straw also for them to hang out in during the day. so anyways if you are worried about your new little buddies they seem to be as hardy and strong as you read lol.