Planning to move 5 week old chicks out to the coop tomorrow. Do they need access to food and water 24/7 in the coop? Planning to let them out in the run during the day and the coop them up at night obviously. Do i put their food and water in the run or the coop? If outside, would be under the coop that is raised a couple feet off the ground. Run is fenced all over and covered in hardware cloth with a 2 foot hardware cloth skirt, so I don't think rodents will be an issue. Suggestions? If they should have access to food and water at all times, at what age do they no longer require 24/7 access?
Thanks for any info you can provide. This is our fist time with chickens and just trying to get it right. Maybe I'm overthinking things?