Good Afternoon Y'all,
Hope you're well. So my question concerns where to place my waterer and feeder. I've attached a picture below for better understanding. Both the waterer and feeder are going to be 5-gallon buckets. I have a flock of 12 chickens, and I'm going to be attaching a long run to the coop to give them more space. For sake of argument, I going to refer to the wooden house portion as the coop, and the dirt portion below as the run.
So I wanted to place the feeder and waterer under the coop hanging from one of the beams. The issue is that at night I was considering closing the small door on the coop to secure them from tenacious predators as well as the cold. If I do that, however, they can't eat because the feeder and waterer will be outside in the run, under the coop. There is a main door, as seen in the picture, but I'm all about added layers of protection. Should I place the feeder and waterer in the run or the coop.
The measurements for the coop are 4' x 10' x 3.25' (LxWxH), which gives me approximately 40sqft. According to the research I've done, chicken coops need approximately 4sqft per chicken.
Anyway, thanks for any help and insight y'all offer.
Have a great day!