access to food/water at night?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by lisamarie, May 26, 2008.

  1. lisamarie

    lisamarie In the Brooder

    May 12, 2008
    northern california
    hi all,

    i just put our 7 week old chicks out in the coop and i am wondering if they still need access to food and water at night? I want to keep them in the roost part of the coop so they will stay warm, but their food is out in main coop.

  2. Linda in San Diego

    Linda in San Diego Songster

    May 11, 2008
    San Diego
    Great question, I will look for the answer too... Thanks
  3. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing

    Our food and water is outside in the run and there isn't any food or water in the coop. I suppose, if they wanted to, they could go out and eat/drink, but they don't.
    I think they will be fine.
  4. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
    always changing
    Usually once it gets dark, chickens stay put, so they probably will be fine with the food and water in the run part of coop. I had put mine out earlier than 7 weeks and they were fine.

    Last edited: May 26, 2008
  5. countryboy

    countryboy Songster

    Oct 31, 2007
    I keep food an water with them at night and don't think they touch it till the morning.
    however other members have said their chickens do eat and drink at night.
    I think its up to the individuals observations on whether to have it in the coop, it certainly wont hurt anything. [​IMG]
  6. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * It's hot here, so sometimes my hen will wake up at night wanting water. Other times if she is disturbed by people talking or a bug or whatever, she gets up, eats a little and putters around a few minutes before going back to bed. Mostly she stays on the roost, but I always keep water and a very minimum of food out for her just in case.
  7. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    I keep food and water in the coop at night too but I don't think they even touch it. I'm just a worry wart and over protective chicken mom [​IMG]
  8. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    I keep food and water handy for them at 10 weeks old...they still get up and eat/drink at night.

    I do not think it would hurt them if they did not, but I want them to have water available with the warmer weather.
  9. jeaucamom

    jeaucamom Songster

    Oct 1, 2007
    Ophir, CA
    I keep food and water in the coop because I know they pick a little at night which I don't think it would hurt them to do without, but they wake up WAY earlier than I do and start eating immediately. We wake up at 7 and go straight out to let the girls out, and they have already plowed through a lot of feed by that time. I am afraid they would start picking if they didn't have food to eat after not eating all night long. So far, praise the Lord, we have never had a picking problem.
  10. chicknhawaii

    chicknhawaii Songster

    May 15, 2008
    Honolulu, HI
    I keep Chick-Chick's (she's almost 7 weeks old) water with her 24/7 b/c it is so warm here. [​IMG] I ration her food so no food overnight.

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