Well, I have to tell those of you that care for ducks/livestock in areas that have 'real winter' are admirable. My husband asked me what I would do in the winter when I was talking about getting ducks, I said, " Just deal with it". Yep, that's what you do, but I am glad winter events such as we just had are rare around here. We just went through our first 'winter event' with the ducks. Winter event = 12 inches of snow, freezing rain, ice storm, now followed by rain and wind and flooding as we are warming up really quickly. We average maybe 5 inches of snow (maybe) in January total. Last ice storm was 1996 (and I was out of state). Ducks are happier than clams...except I made them stay in their duck houses yesterday in anticipation of the ice storm. 66 hours of no power, no water (no well - we had some reserved but I learned I need a better way to store additional water with the ducks), now a foot of snow melting quickly, and floods and wind to follow. Ducks just love it all....glad I didn't get the chickens I wanted instead of the ducks. Last few days would have been a lot more interesting.