Curious Fact: Ducks rarely need winter shelter except in the harshest of climates. After all, they wear a waterproof down coat every day. In parts of the world where even lakes and ponds freeze through, wild ducks can sometimes spend all winter on the water, paddling non-stop to keep the water from freezing. This activity keeps them warm, hydrated, and fed–on fish and water insects. If they nod off for too long at night, failing to keep a sufficient area defrosted, predators may sneak a quick winter meal by walking across the ice to nab their sleeping prey. Lucky they don’t need more than a few minutes of sleep at a time!
Like most, my ducks seem to relish winter cold. Being born & bred Southerners, however, they don’t seem to know what to do about snow. Today’s unusual weather kept them up by the house, wearing a muddy path through the snow between their snow-free pen and the pool of water I cleaned & refilled for them this morning.
Goats, likewise, don’t seem to mind. They grow a thick, fuzzy coat in winter to insulate themselves. Not being waterproof, they don’t like to be rained on. But they don’t seem to mind a light dusting of snow.