My food and water are both in the coop (chickens only, no ducks!), and in Michigan winters, the waterers are on heated bases. Chickens eat last thing before roosting in the evening, and at first morning light. I'm not out there at dawn to open the coop to the run, so feed and water must be inside. An at-home very motivated person could bring fresh unfrozen ware out three times a day in winter, but that won't work here for me! Mary
I keep water in the run on a heated base as well. Right now sunrise is around 7am here, so they get off the roost and eat and drink. I let them out by 7:15am, give a little scratch to start the day. I don't free range so they go inside to eat. They use both waterers. If I did have to keep them locked in the coop for some reason or could not make it out until later in the day, etc., I like knowing that they have food and water available at all times.
Hi, I'm new. I have a chicken coop with an attached run. I would like to keep my water outside during the winter so the coop stays dry. If I put chicken wire on the bottom of the run can I leave the chicken wood door open all the time with just plastic strips covering it ?I have 4 chickens and two ducks
Is this because of the ducks? Do they splash around? I don't have any, so I am not familiar with how to drink, etc. You may want to ask on the duck forum if anyone keeps ducks and chickens together and how they manage water.