Well, I hadn't *planned* on keeping ducks... I got some Buff Ducklings at an auction and was going to eat them. Only I have decided I rather like them, despite thier messy habits and resemblence to a Hoover come feeding time! I'm in Upstate NY, so it will be snowing soon. I asked at the feed store where they built a pond for thier ducks/geese this spring about overwintering them. They said they hadn't thought about it yet (this just last week!) Soooo, what should I be doing for them for Winter? Should I lock them up? Right now they are refusing to stay in the pen, LOL Can I coop them with my other chickens for the winter? (I kind of thought they would get pooped on then) I am 99% sure I have all girls, but I would like to get them a Drake. Do I need a pond so they'll breed? I have a turtle sandbox they seem to like, will that do? I thought I would keep them and hatch out their eggs come spring, or at least that is the plan. Do I need to give them a higher protein than the chickens? They're eating layer now and seem to be nice and fat!