After several years hinting around about getting chickens, my wonderful wife (who has a severe bird phobia) lined up for our family to get 8 chickens and 5 ducks from a friend. She certainly deserves wife of the year award! Once I got the coop in place, I feverishly worked on setting up a feeding and watering system that would not require my wife to enter the coop if she were ever to care for them. The heated watering system seems to work well, but I haven't seen the hens using the nipples yet (it's only been a day since I finished it up). I've removed all other water sources, so I guess they will figure it out - the ducks as well. Regarding the ducks, any advise on how to get them back to the coop. They free range during the day and my 5 y.o. daughter have to wrangle them up at dark. I currently have them with the chickens since it's been very cold (below 0), but have build a separate area for them (aka the quack shack). Once things warm up a bit, I'll transition them to their new area. Looking forward to learning as much as I can with this new endeavor!