We are building our first coop for our 3 chicks. It is mostly out of materials we salvaged from our old finished basement we tore out. It is 8 x 12 altogether, with 2x4 of it being the housing portion and the rest will be screened in. It will have a hanging waterer and feeder in the screened in section. My question is... do we need to have food and water INSIDE the actual housing portion? We plan to free range them and during the day, they will have constant access to food and water. Do they need it through the night as well? We did give them 2 perches in there and a nesting box. Here is what we have so far. I'm hoping to finish it this weekend.