I have always loved ducks and chickens (all animals). I now have a place for them. I saw an ad and met this really cool lady who sold me two sibling ducks. They are reportedly cross between Pekin and Cauga. One is black and white stripped and one is grey and white striped. I think they are both females (no names yet). They eat chicken scratch mixed with the all porpouse turkey/duck feed. They LOVE to gut a watermelon in seconds they also love the vegatable greens and peas. They appear happy and healthy. I have built a 12'x 20' by 6' tall chain link pen (It is also covered). Their home is a huge dome shaped Dogloo my german shepard used until he passed last summer. I like the fact that it has no corners and nothing for them to cath their wings on , when I reach in to pet them or to get one to hold, they are a little startled so this house is great, I have a thick layer of straw in there for their bed. The entire rest of the pen is hard pan dirt, under a huge grapefruit tree (shade this summer). I also have a deserted kiddie pool THEY LOVE IT. Im trying to be a good daddy and do everything the right way; when I commit to an animal, it is a lifetime commitment. My question is this: I live at 3000 ft altitude in Southern CA at the base of a mountain. The coyotes and bobcats come down at night off the mountain. There are horor stories about small animals being attacked and killed and eaten (Thus the chain link heavy duty cage/pen). We have lowtemperatures to below freezing regularly at night here through the winter month, typically never below 30, I have owned this house for 4 years and have had snow here 4 days never last beyond 2days on the ground. daytime lows in the winter is about 45 to 60. I have read as much as I can about ducks, I love this forum I already have some new ideas. I spoke with a poultry vet yesterday and he said with temps below freezing at night in the winter I need to bring them in the heated garage at night or in the bathtub. I was a little shocked, According to this forum the ducks sound quite hardy. I have them totally enclosed in the pen at one end at night surrounded by plywood and a huge thick canvas top over the top. I have also now put a 250 watt heat lamp about 2 feet above their head level by the dog house. They are obviously sheltered from wind and that bulb does generate a good bit of heat. Am I over reacting? Do they really need the heat lamp at night? They do not appear to lay under it actually they tend to lay away from it a few feet. A bulb is expensive all night and I just need to know; are my California ducks wimps and really need the heat lamp all night? Again, I just wanna be a good duck daddy; already I am looking at a couple of similiar age pekins. I am waiting to sex these two and hopefully we can start a family. Thanks for all your responses in advance.