Its been a couple of years since we gave away our chickens. We had about 25 hens. Australorps, Americanas, Barred Rocks, Leghorns and a few bantams. we ended up with a few roosters in the mix that had to go away as they were very aggressive. So we have decided to start again and are looking for some advice to possible reduce the daily maintenance, such as feeding and cleaning out the waterers. We typically would go into the coop twice a day to freshen the water and food. We used the standard plastic feeders and waterers that would either get poop in them or the waterers would get algae or mould within the day. We live in the mountains of Colorado at around 6800ft. we do have a decent heating source on a thermostat but would be interested in upgrading if anyone has a better solution. The coop is 8x10 with an 7.5ft high ceiling. The chicken run is about 15x20 that is fenced all the way around and under ground and a fenced roof. We are going to extend that into our fenced off garden this summer. Our common predators are Fox, Badgers, Skunk and Red Tail Hawks. If anyone has suggestions or experience on how they handled the food and water as well as dealing with free-ranging we would appreciate the advice.