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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by newkfarm, May 7, 2017.

  1. newkfarm

    newkfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Newbie questions
    We are almost ready to move the chickens out of the tractor and into the coop we have been building. Right now it's a pretty simple building, we just got the floor in and are working on the door. My question is more for the purpose of figuring out where to put the feed and water.
    When we had chickens before we had an elevated coop and kept the feed and water hung below the coop, kept all the mess outside, but they could still get to it, even when locked up for the night. With the tractor we've kept the feed/water inside which has caused it to be & stay very messy.

    1. Do you put the feeder inside the coop or do you have a place outside for it? How do you keep the feed protected from wind/rain/etc if it is not inside?
    2. Same with the waterer?
    3. Does anyone have a design to incorporate feeders & waterers into the coop (inside or outside) that keeps the mess away?

    We plan on putting them up at night of course, so they wouldn't have access to the feed & water overnight.
     
  2. newkfarm

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  3. Folly's place

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    Handsome building, but it's going to be HOT in there! Add ventilation, and a window facing south covered in hardware cloth, and shade. Feed in an uncovered run will get wet, and attract night time visitors. Feed inside, or if you add a safe covered run, would be best. Mary
     
  4. newkfarm

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    Thank you! We are putting a reinforced screened door on for the summer. And there will be a solid, split door for winter. The top has ventilation through the peak, but I'll see what we can do for a south facing window. I appreciate any advice we can get from those with experience!
    The tractor will be staying in the fenced area, if we open it during the day and keep feed inside it, that should do right?
     

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