Since having the ducks I have put a little food and water in their house at bed time. The first few nights I didnt but they still put them selves to bed. now, if i forget the food they dont go in without it until after dark. However, my question is this, do they need it? I was told that they didnt need it as they will sleep etc. But i wanted to give it to them as a treat etc. and to help keep them so good at going to bed. However, as you know.....oooh the mess.... I had just been giving them a little food, them realised through here that I cannot do that without giving them water, their house is big enough for sleeping in, they are out all day and have a huge area and pond to free range. I am hoping to ad a little extension to their house in the coming weeks, so I can keep their food in there full time away from the rain and snow. So, they will have access to food and water anyway, but do they actually need it until then? The people that work at the feed store say that no one feeds them in their house at night.... Here no one has the beautiful big elaborate houses you guys have, I will have to make my own, but that will take a week or two, when the ducks are in their house at the moment and are lying down/huddled, they take up about half the floor space...is that adequate? I am hoping to be able to extend it to make the floor space bigger and add an outside part thats fully enclosed, but am just wondering about size. its hard to know whats necessary versus whats luxury/nice!! I want luxury, but !!! I am doing the extension because with winter here and the dark they will basically be in for over 12 hours, they put them selves in today before i got there at 5.30 and i let them out between 8 and 9am. so i feel if they are in that long they should have a bit more space. sorry this is so long...i tend to do that, sorry!!!!