Hi all, I'm a long time reader of the forum but only just signed up. Currently live in South Australia, we raised 3 Pekins from ducklings (1 drake, 2 ducks), simply for entertainment value. They're about 18 months old Sadly one of my ducks died during the night and I'm hoping to ascertain what may have caused it? It's winter here and it's been cold lately, but last night was definitely not the coldest night we've seen recently, probably about 8-10 degrees celsius (46-50 degrees F) My coop is built primarily to cope with Australian summers so is reasonably open. It's a full open front with narrow mesh slits at the top of the other sides to allow airflow. Apart from the cold, I can't think of many other causes of death. All 3 ducks appeared to be in good health so I don't believe it was disease. One had started laying again recently after a hiatus, I believe it was the one that died as she was in the same spot as the last egg. Could this be a factor? Do they just tend to pass unexpectedly? We're very attached to our ducks, so anything to keep the other two in good health is a priority right now! Thanks TP. Sorry for the morose intro by the way!