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4 month old question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by newtothis2011, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. newtothis2011

    newtothis2011 Out Of The Brooder

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    Do they need food and water in the coop while they are closed in for the night? They have access to food and water all day.
     
  2. Alethea

    Alethea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They do. They don't see well enough to be eating and drinking all night, but might want to eat and drink as soon as it starts to get light. Ours will sometimes eat just before going to bed, too. Bok.
     
  3. bleith

    bleith Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chooks r 4 months old and have been out in coop since week 5 and I have never put water or feed in the coop at night. I have a little roosting coop with an attached run. I dont' have a lot of room in there for food and water and the 2 night I did put it in there they made a freekin mess. Once they go in at night I lock them up and then I let them out around 7am everyday and they run to the feed. I figure if I dont' eat and drink all night why should they? lol its been almost 10 weeks since I have been doing this and it doesn't seem to be a problem
     
  4. larsonll

    larsonll Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not planning on feeding or watering at night when the girls move to the big coop.
     
  5. extraordinaryfowl

    extraordinaryfowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have feed and water in the coop at night unless it is winter and there is snow on the ground, and then it is in there 24/7. My birds are pastured so I like them to have to come outside, they eat more grasses that way. MW
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Food and water at night may serve as an added attractant to rats and some predators. It is not necessary if they are fed ad lib during the day.
     

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