Someone just gave me 13 chickens (12 hens, 1 rooster) all about a year old. Two are silkies and the rest are some kind of heritage breed. I got a 5 x 8 coop with them and I built a 4 x 10 foot run for them. The run is temporary until the ground thaws and we can do something bigger.
I read that we should put the waterer in the run and not in the coop. Since the chickens will get locked up in the coop at night, I take it they're only able to water during the day when they can be outside, right? You don't move the waterer in at night?
I was given a five gallon pail of corn. Its whole kernels, not cracked. Apparently you can feed that corn as-is? I always thought that the corn had to be cracked or ground? We do have regular chicken feed, too, that we got from tractor supply. Just wanted to check what the deal was with the whole kernel corn.