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Should I leave food in coop at night?

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I have 6 month olds and 5 month olds chicks, and I've always left them with plenty of food at night. Just wondering if I should let them have so much? They always have water also, which I'm sure they should. Any replys will be appreciated.

post #2 of 12

They don't eat when it's dark, but wake up hungry every morning.  It's fine to leave them with food at night.

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Old, fat, gray-haired EMT guy.  Raised birds for 60 years.  I don't name 'em, and don't dwell over any that die.  I treat every bird with respect, and feed and care for 'em as best I can.  Dad to 2 M.D.'s, a teacher and a computer guru.  Grandpa to 6 beautiful girls and two grandsons.  Life is good!
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post #3 of 12
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Originally Posted by jhm47 

They don't eat when it's dark, but wake up hungry every morning.  It's fine to leave them with food at night.


Yeah that. They get up about 3-4 hours before I do, and with their fast metabolisms they expect to have breakfast pretty durn early! That's also why I invested in a heated waterer for winter wink

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One thing is for sure. The price of a dead hen is a dead pred.
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post #4 of 12

My chickens do well with feed & water in their coop where they are locked in for the night to protect from any possible predators.  In the coop they have 14 hr. lighting from Sept. 1st to April 1st & it comes on at 6:00am & off at 8:00pm.  So, at 6:00am they are in a 40wt bulb lit coop until I get out to open their door to the yard at about 7:00am give or take; and  at night, they have the food & water until the lights go out.  They are able to eat or drink (from a heated waterer to avoid the freezing) if they choose, which they seem to take advantage of quite well (especially with the cold weather, it would give them energy to generate body heat).  They also have a 100wt bulb in their outdoor lower level of the coop that they enjoy durring the day as we have little natural light outside on these winter days in Oregon; my coop has 2 levels.  They know when they need to eat & drink, why deprive them because I'm not up at the crack of dawn to let them out.

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"You must be the change you wish to see in the world - The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated" - Gandhi          *member:Faverolles Fanciers of America*
*Just Bantams* Salmon & Blue S Faverolles. All my hubby asks is I don't have 90 chickens again. Boxer, 2  Chihuahuas, koi fish & an Amazon parrot who will out live us all.
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post #5 of 12

I fill the feed every night after they roost. They seem to race for it when they wake up
I would agree that they wake up hungry.


Edited by redstars - 12/11/09 at 3:41am
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I leave food out at all times. I'm all about making chickens raising easy. If I have to go out twice a day then this is too much for me. I have feeders that I've made out of five gallon buckets. So i have 10 gallons of feed out. I only have to feed once a week right now. I give treats every now and then but not too much. I check their water daily when I collect eggs.

The number of chicks I have always changes...some die some are culled and I get new ones yearly, 5 Pekin Ducks, 1 Mallard Ducks who chooses to stick around, 3 dogs, So many cats!!!, 1 little child, 1 husband...It's how life was meant to be...simply complex.

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The number of chicks I have always changes...some die some are culled and I get new ones yearly, 5 Pekin Ducks, 1 Mallard Ducks who chooses to stick around, 3 dogs, So many cats!!!, 1 little child, 1 husband...It's how life was meant to be...simply complex.

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Thank you all very much. Now I know I'm a good chicken mom ya I have my daughters baby monitor out in the coop. When I turn it on in the house they are all coo-ing and doing their chicken talk. I can hear them eating from the metal chick feeders. It is never quiet, so I thought maybe I should not feed at night and maybe they would sleep more. I have recently started putting organic apple cider vinegar in their water dish. One tablespoon for each gallon. I lost a BO that would not eat or drink. After I lost her, I had another one that started acting the same way. Started them on ACV and she snapped out it and is doing great now. ya Thank you again.

post #8 of 12

Mine have feed & water 24/7.  I know of no reason to feed on a schedule.  I find that they will not eat alot for a few days then will empty the bowl.  I keep it filled every night.

post #9 of 12

I fill each morning and add in the grit and calcium, in my  home made trough.  I do not have water in the coop at all.  I want my chooks to want to go out in AM so that I can do my chores inside coop with them not underfoot.  If they have an egg to lay they will jump up on window flowerbox and squawk at me to hurry!  lol  I give treats, greens during day outside.  They always come out and even did in two inches of snow that they had never before seen.

Mine are 6 months old and laying like crazy, 18 eggs today and 4 of those waiting for me in AM .  It was 14 degrees out in the coop this am.  What a bunch of troopers!   lol

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NECESSITY MAY BE THE MOTHER OF INVENTION, BUT GOD IS THE FATHER OF ALL GOOD THINGS.    (G. Simpkins)
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post #10 of 12

Mine have feed and water 24x7.  The feed is in a home made feeder.  When it gets down to 3 - 4 days of feed remaining I dump another 50 - 100 lbs of feed in.  100 lbs of feed is lasting me roughly 4 - 5 weeks.  I check the water once a day but usually only need to fill it about once every 5 - 6 days.  (Filling includes cleaning it).

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1 Silver Laced Wyandotte, 2 Gold Laced Wyandotte, 1 BLRW, 1 Columbian Wyandotte, 4 Rhode Island Red, 6 Easter Eggers, 3 Barred Rock, 3 Welsummer, 2 Buff Orpington, 2 White Leghorn, 2 Brown Leghorn, 3 Gold Sex Links, 2 Delaware, 1 Mixed Maran.    And a partridge in a pear tree... (just kidding on the partridge).
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