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Do chickens need water overnight?

post #1 of 16
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We set up a bucket with nipple waterers in the run.  But at night time, the chickens are inside the coop.  Do I need to provide a second source of water inside the coop or do they just sleep all night and not need water?  I was planning on keeping water only outside to keep the coop shavings dry since we're doing the deep litter method.  Thanks!

Married to a loving husband.  We have a very lazy basset hound, George.  We now have our first set of hens: a barred rock, light brahma, buff orp, and white silkie, named Barbara, Betty, Debbie, and Daisy.
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Married to a loving husband.  We have a very lazy basset hound, George.  We now have our first set of hens: a barred rock, light brahma, buff orp, and white silkie, named Barbara, Betty, Debbie, and Daisy.
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post #2 of 16

It really depends on how diligent you know you are. I don't keep water in the coop but then I'm naturally an early riser. About once in 2 months do I oversleep and let the chickens out after 7. Usually they're out within 30 minutes after dawn or after the winter light turns on.

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Even chickens dare to hatch an egg.
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post #3 of 16

Up at 5AM everyday with my chihuahuas. Never have provided food/water inside coop-- only run. But, if I'm as much as 10 minutes late, those beaks sound like automatic rifle fire on their plexiglass windows as they impatiently watch me coming!smile

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Haha!  Thanks for the responses.

Married to a loving husband.  We have a very lazy basset hound, George.  We now have our first set of hens: a barred rock, light brahma, buff orp, and white silkie, named Barbara, Betty, Debbie, and Daisy.
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Married to a loving husband.  We have a very lazy basset hound, George.  We now have our first set of hens: a barred rock, light brahma, buff orp, and white silkie, named Barbara, Betty, Debbie, and Daisy.
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post #5 of 16

Feed and water in both the coop and run, just in case I want to sleep late.

post #6 of 16

I have an Auto feeder and 2 waters 5 gallons a piece one inside and one outside case they wanna hang inside to get away from the sun and heat of the day.. So the only choice here is yours.....

post #7 of 16

Nope, they are sleeping during the night wink

You haven't seen a tree until you've seen it's shadow from the sky. --Amelia Earhart

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You haven't seen a tree until you've seen it's shadow from the sky. --Amelia Earhart

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post #8 of 16

I think I'll do mine in the run only. No need for more mess in the coop.

(1) Very understanding wife, (2) Teenagers (1) Yellow Lab (1) Yorkie (6) Single Comb Brown Leghorns (6) Silver Laced Wyandotte (6) Delaware (6) White Orpington (12) Buff Orpington (1) Red Frizzle (3) Black Frizzle and One FREE Rooster Still don't know what kind. 

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(1) Very understanding wife, (2) Teenagers (1) Yellow Lab (1) Yorkie (6) Single Comb Brown Leghorns (6) Silver Laced Wyandotte (6) Delaware (6) White Orpington (12) Buff Orpington (1) Red Frizzle (3) Black Frizzle and One FREE Rooster Still don't know what kind. 

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post #9 of 16

mine dont have any in the coop. my run is secure enough that their coop door stays open all night and when they wake up in the a.m. they can get out and eat/drink whenever they please. i dont see why they would need it in the coop if theyre sleeping all night long

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Polish, Showgirls, Sultans, Turkens, Frizzles, Silkies...

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post #10 of 16

I fthey are just in there to sleep, they do not need water.

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