I have 13 chickens, 1 rooster, and 8 ducks (5 female, 3 male). What do the females like to nest in? My chickens are happy with alfalfa or timothy hay. They all live together and seem very happy. The ducks are a little unhappy with their frozen ponds. Is it ok if they don't have anywhere to swim in the winter? We're working on it, but hauling many buckets of water from the house to their yard is a pain.