We have a chicken coop (but only have a pair of Pekins right now, chickens in the spring) that my hubby built that has half of it built inside garage and a door to pass into the other side which is against the outside wall of garage. Same size on each side. We are in South Dakota and hubby thought it would be nice to be able to get eggs and also clean and water them from inside. Now, how does everyone do the bedding for winter? I've done deep litter style for our goats and horses but it makes a whole lot of straw come spring! I would think it would not stay dry for the ducks as their water is in there. What do y'all use for the bedding? I use a certain type of shavings that is pretty much dust free and in between small flake and sawdust, sort of. I've also used a crushed type of wood pellets. I like both, but maybe there's a better idea for winter bedding. They are on a wood but it's got a linoleum floor. Also, I thought I read on here somewhere that they can go all night without water and food and it lessens the mess. I know if they have food, they must have water. Is this a good arrangement? In the winter they will not be able to forage like the rest of the year..would food in the morning be enough food if foraging is slim? Doesn't seem like it would. This is our first winter with them. Thanks for any help!