I woke up this morning, 30 degrees out and go to let out the ducks after being gone for the weekend, and even though the pool was not frozen over, momma(Oreo) couldn't get herself out of a small shallow kiddie pool which she was able to get out before. Well, Ming-Ming(daddy duck) was able to get in/out easily, he knew she couldn't and tried encouraging her. She tried, but she just couldn't jump out, I think with having 1 good leg she really got water logged and so cold in her limbs she didn't have the strength to hop out on her one leg. So I grabbed her and she was so terribly cold I wrapped her in a towel and brought her inside turned on the heat and placed her over the heating vent and let her primp herself, all the while she is whimpering as she is primping herself. Usually she won't let me near her but today she knew, she knew I was there to help and she cuddle into me and so far hasn't even attempt to hobble away from me, she lets me come to her pet her, and just check on her. This just confirms I did do the right thing by taking her eggs the last few days of incubation, because as someone stated, forgive me for not remembering who, she probably wouldn't be able to gather them and keep them warm. Also confirms that I'd be best to let her and dad in the garage during the winter or the basement, or not have a kiddie pool out in their caged area during the winter but let them in the house in the bath tub to let them primp themselves and clean, then disinfect the tub afterwards, or fill the kiddie pool in the basement and let them use that to do their self cleaning. I felt so badly for her, I'm not sure how long she was in the water like that trying to get out, we were gone up north for the weekend and my MIL was watching over the animals, she probably thought the ducks were ok outside. So, thinking of alternatives for this winter with momma Oreo. It's been 2hrs since I brought her in and she is still primping herself and pulling out some down feathers. While daddy is checking out his son's/daughters through the cage. Also, when should I or can I introduce the 3wks old ducklings to the 1wk old ducklings? And how do I do that?