This is my first time having ducks. I got them in November. My theory on that, was to grow them over winter, so that they would be ready to lay eggs in the spring. I had read about the mess, and subsequent smell, but didn't take it seriously, or no one was graphic enough to give me a complete understanding, or something! My goodness! It's a good thing God made them cute as buttons. I have never in my life encountered a mess like duckies can make. I had them in the house for about 5 weeks... until they began to fling poo on the wall behind the 16" high brooder box. Don't get me wrong... I love my Pekin duckies! Would go through this all over again, because they are so worth it... just looking for a little newbie sympathy... I had no idea what I was getting into. Now that they are outside, in their insulated, heated house... they still poo every 10 seconds, and I am shoveling out their house every 2 days. Can't do the "deep litter" method, because I didn't make the doorway high enough. Can't wait until spring, when they can roam freely and clean themselves in the pond. Right now, I bring them in about once a week to bathe in the tub, and only 2 fit in there at a time... I have 9. Just wanted to whine to others who may have gone through trying to raise cute duckies over the winter. Like I said, they are worth it, and I'd do it again in a heartbeat... I'd just wait until spring! lol.