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Feed and Water inside of the coop?

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Just starting out and VERY excited. I built a 7x4 coop with a 7x15 run for our new little flock (7 rhode island reds and 3 golden somethings that were unidentified in a friends first incubator batch all about 5 weeks old) . at the moment i have a small (maybe 1 liter capacity) feeder and waterer but want to upgrade to a pvc nipple dripper type system for water and a larger bucket type feeder. I am pretty solid on how to build what I want but the where has me questioning myself. should I set up a water line with a few nipples and a feeder inside the coop for them or just have it out in the run or both? Also about how high should I plan on setting the water line? we live in north texas if it makes a difference (obnoxiously hot summers and generally very mild winters with an occasional freezing temps but nothing major) Thanks in advance for any advice you guys can offer.

 

Grune

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Your coop is a little on the small side for 10birds.  Given the size of your coop, my suggestion would be to keep your food and water outside the coop for two reasons.

 

If the food and water is outside, that will leave more room inside for the birds.

 

If the food and water is outside the birds will be forced to get out of the coop to eat or drink which will get them out where there is more room.

 

Of course I'm biased, I've had chickens for 4 years now and have always had my food and water in the run.  Because my water is outside, my pine chip bedding can go a couple years before it needs changes.

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Thank you for the input! I am expecting to be culling a few in about two months once they get up to size and i am able to be 100% sure of gender. Hopefully that will resolve any potential space issues there is 2.5'-3' of height in the coop and roosting bars will be in soon also. as far as the food that makes good sense the water thing concerns me when summer rolls around even the nights tend to stay really hot, am i over thinking it?

 

 

 Grune

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