Thankfully, we only got a few inches of wet snow out of this October storm to hit the East coast. I clearly wasn't ready for it. We're entering our first winter with ducks. I keep their duck play area covered with netting as a precaution given our resident hawk. A few inches of slushy snow today destroyed the netting. Once I cleared away the debris of the snow-laden, torn netting I let the ducks out of their covered enclosure into their play area. Surprisingly (to duck novice me) they didn't seem to mind the snow. Nor did they mind swimming in slushy, icy water. Now that my protective netting is no more, I'm wondering what to do. Do I really need to worry about the hawk? Am I too over protective? Do I get new netting and roll it out on sunny days and let the ducks out then? Then roll it back up when we're expecting precipitation? Short of building a cover over their play area, what do other folks do?