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Water in eglu go for long winter nights

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The days are getting shorter which means the girls are putting themselves to bed earlier each day. Over the winter it will be dark 15 hrs a day.

Do I need to put water or food inside the eglu to get them through til morning? It seems such a long time without. Will they even see it if I do?

It's my first winter with chickens so want to get it right.
post #2 of 5
When your birds go to roost on a night they won't eat and drink so you don't need to put feed and water in there unless you are going to keep them in their coop during the day. I don't have feed and water in my coops on a night but I do let them out as soon as it breaks daylight so they can feed and drink as soon as they are awake. Water in the coop if it's not fully secure could cause it to get knocked over which will make your coop wet and messy which is not ideal especially in freezing temps.

Hope this helps and good luck with your chickens over the winter.
post #3 of 5
Chickens won't eat or drink once they roost. They won't need any extra water. They will go into sleeping mode.


Hope this helped!
The key to a happy flock is to be there for them. You have to do your job so they can do theirs. Your coop layout is also important. It doesn't have to be fancy just functional.http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/just-a-chicken-coop Is an example of it.
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The key to a happy flock is to be there for them. You have to do your job so they can do theirs. Your coop layout is also important. It doesn't have to be fancy just functional.http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/just-a-chicken-coop Is an example of it.
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X3

They'll stay on the roosts till dawn.

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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If its only a matter of time you don't need water. There is water in my coop because once the snow starts the flock may not come out for a while. Preventing drips is important, a dry coop is good. Wet litter will freeze and raise the humidity which isn't good for chickens.
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