I have 4 Pekins who will be spending their first winter outside and I have a few concerns. Our temps can get as cold as 0 degrees with the wind chill here. My husband can tarp their pen so I'm not too worried about the wind. However, as you can see from the picture, their home is situated on a concrete slab which is great for hosing off (which is done daily). But I imagine that hosing their area down in freezing temps is going to create a bit of an ice rink. Couple that with their getting in and out of the pond, and I am picturing their tender feet being the equivalent of having your tongue stuck to a flag pole! Will I need to cover the patio with hay? Does that mean I have to SHOVEL the hay daily? I was just planning on having hay in their little house for warmth. Any ideas from those who have already been through a winter with their babies would be welcomed!