2 years ago, we built a very large chicken coop with a large run for our small chicken flock. Since then we have found new homes for our babies and were left with the coop. Now, our coop is being used partially for storage. The remaining room houses 2 rabbits, and 1 pekin pullet. Each has their own cage for now. The coop has a small ramp and doorway out into the yard. The yard is a 5'x10' dog kennel that we completely revamped. We covered the top with 2 layers of chicken wire and half with clear roofing to protect against harsh weather. And the sides of the pen are surrounded in 3 foot high chicken wire that has been buried 2 feet into the ground. So I would say it's pretty predator proofed. My Pekin duckling is getting bigger and bigger every day. I feel that his cage is going to be too small by the end of the week. How exactly should I house him outside? My plan was to build a small coop out in the pen. The large coop that we build originally is too full of storage items to really be used as a coop at the moment. I guess my question is, what kind of shelter does my duck need when out in the pen? Here are some facts: 1) We live in a rural area and our property is surrounded by forrestry. So predators like raccoons and stray dogs/cats are an issue. 2) The poultry run is completely safe, but I figured the duck should be sheltered somehow if he is to live out in the run 24/7. 3) Our state experiences all 4 seasons, including a very harsh/long winter. Also, is it necessary to lock the duck up in his coop at night? Or should he be allowed access to the pen whenever he pleases?