I imagine I am barking up the proverbial tree, but here goes nuthin... I need advice on setting up food and water stations. I have 4 ducks and 1 big goose. I know not to put the food and water too close together. Nor do I have either inside the sleeping house. The food is in a bowl inside the pen, under cover. I have 3 water bowls; essentially large dog water bowls. These are set about 15 feet apart out in the yard, near their swimmy pool. Water bowls and pool are set in a sand pit, which is probably my first problem. Also, this area is about 6 feet off the side of my shop and when I drain my pool or it rains, it creates a muddy area, which THEY love but I know adds to my issues. I can fill all 3 bowls with fresh clean water and in less than an hour there is mud on the bottom and their bowls are 1/2 empty. Nope, they aren't getting IN the bowls. Simply drinking and flinging. It isn't the 'work' of refilling the bowls that concerns me, it's more that I feel like if I'm gone for too long, they won't have enough water. As it stands now, between my husband, myself, and my kids schedules, they are never alone more than a couple of hours and I know they aren't going to die. I just feel bad for them. They are spoiled! The food bowl isn't a real problem, other than crappy weather is about to set in and, while it's in the pen under cover, the walls of the pen are 'open' (it's a large 10x10 dog kennel) and dampness gets in and then my food gets damp and I know I'm not supposed to let them have damp food because it can harbor bacteria. Plus, let me repeat, they are spoiled. So I'm calling on ALL YOU WONDERFUL PEOPLE on this site to please please please tell me your stories and post your pictures! No setup is too extreme or too simple and I'm hoping enough people respond that I can find the right things to work for me. Part of my problem, too, is that the whole area is an eye-sore. There has to be a better way to set myself up and make it functional, efficient AND pretty. I know, I know... ducks/goose... water... dirt... not so pretty. Orrrr... you can all just say it's a lost cause and I'm going to be a slave to the Feathered Butt Gang forever! HELP! Thanks y'all! Here's a pic of 4 outta 5 of the Crazies... WOW; I just realized how MUCH Petunia (the goose) has grown!