Hello All, I just love the support and suggestions from this forum on Duck care. I am coming to you all for some advice. We live near Madison WI and our winters are pretty tough at times. I have raised 4 ducks since April and we have them in a tractor set up in our back yard since spring. Fall is here, and I am thinking my ideas for winter care will not work as I thought. I need some suggestions please from some of you experienced duck keepers... Our water sources outdoors are such: one spicket on back wall of house with rear deck door (and stairs entrance to yard; an anti freeze mechanism, but not too trustworthy for winter hose use), and a spicket on inside wall within the garage with front entrance. We had thought of keeping the night coop (see image, wood tractor) in the garage and the day coop (with green tarp) outside the garage for daytime access (to be put and strapped down on river rock pad next to garage-west side of house, fairly protected by blunt wind from west by neighbor's house). We work during the day so girls will be in this 5 x 10 pen while I am away from house. We do not have a fenced in yard and coyotes will be a threat in late fall/winter. I do have a larger, thicker tarp for winter use that will fit more of the day pen. We have a solar elec wire running around base of both for predator patrol (see black box on roof of wood coop). When snow sits on this wire, it may not carry its charge. That is a concern. We can get hay bails for barriers also (for warmth and shelter). I am getting two rubber 3 gal bowls and we have an elec dog water bowl as well. I have been using pine chips for bedding from Farm and Fleet. How much time can they be out on cold days? Can they handle a 7 hr work day in the day pen for winter if they have good water source, food and some hay/wind block? I thought I really had this figured out, and now I am stumped as fall has approached. And the poop... what does one do with the poop in the winter (not the bedding, but the outdoors daytime droppings). I love these girls and they have been such a blessing to me this year so far. I want the best for them. We are planning a permanent wood coop out back next spring (larger, more durable and insulated, etc) and rethinking our day pen options then also. One step at a time. this is new to us and we are on a budget. Thank goodness for craig's list and habitat restore! I have included a picture of our current summer set up. Any creative ideas foe winter with what I have and some extras to keep it warmer, safe and accessible would be a big help. Thanks so much!