This is my first winter with 21 Chickens & 3 Ducks which are kept at my BIL's house. Because of all the rain the entire area is basically under 3" of water with the coop and pen in the middle under some trees about 200 ft. from their house. I love my birds, but...every night after work I drive there to pick up my son and take care of the birds. It's completely dark and cold, I wade out in my boots and rain gear to feed and water and collect eggs. So far the coop is just very damp inside but the pen is a stinking mess and has standing water. All of the birds have constant access to the pen 10'x20' because the pop door is always open for the ducks who have a little area inside the coop that I fenced so they have someplace dry to sleep - the chickens jump over the little fence to go out. Our finances are skin tight and the birds go through a bag of feed in less than a week. I'm thinking I'm in WAY over my head but I'm wanting to keep my flock. I love improving their environment and I hate an animal kept in poor conditions so it's getting on my nerves to see them in this water - and thank you for letting me rant. So here's what I'm wondering your expert opinions about: One of my big concerns is that chickens will get sick from the damp cold? Your opinions & experience? The other is: Do you think that the ducks (and chickens) dabbling around in the putrid water in the pen outside make them sick? Lastly the expense of feeding could it be reduced somehow? A Huge THANKS! in advance for all of your answers.