We recently acquired 4 various breeds of ducks. Right now they are in the coop with the chickens for the winter. Since we live in Upstate NY, no not Albany, on the Canadian border, we give them supplemental heat on the cold days. Feeding them layer crumble, meal worms, black oil sunflower seeds and salad. Are there any special requirements for a ducks diet? Can they be housed with the chickens for the cold months? Water is provided in heated bowls, which they tend to make a mess of, any ideas to keep the coop dry, or at least reasonably dry? We are 'seasoned' chicken owners but new to this duck thing. A friend lost their farm so we took the birds and would like to give them a good life. Any advice would be appreciated.