Hi everyone, I have been absent from this board for a little while, but I still have my three Mallards and they are all growed up now! Where Did My Little Birthday Ducklings Go? by Just In Luv, on Flickr I've had a wonderful summer with them napping against my legs while I read outside on the lawn, but now the weather is getting quite cold and my enjoyment of them is hindered by the fact that I am worried about them because they WON'T USE THEIR HOUSE. My chickens put themselves to bed at night but the ducks never have. I don't fret about that much because their pen (dubbed Duckingham Palace) is secure as Fort Knox, and we haven't lost a single chicken or duck to predators. But during rain, wind, sleet, or snow, I look out and the ducks are sitting out in it instead of going into their house. Do anyone else's ducks do this? Should I bring them inside for the winter? Or, if they have the option of shelter, is that good enough (i.e. they'll use it if they need it)? I guess I'm also wondering how cold is too cold for a Mallard? The thought of going out one morning and finding them frozen is too painful to bear, but I don't want them miserable, either (and truth be told, while I love having them inside, they seem miserable in here... they pant and pluck each other's feathers). Thanks so much for any/all advice!