Coop question food and water inside and out??? WNC

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by tshowell, Aug 18, 2008.

  1. tshowell

    tshowell In the Brooder

    Aug 18, 2008
    Hendersonville NC
    We are in the process of finishing our new coop and this our first time at having chickens. I have been reading for weeks and LOVE this forum:D. My question is: do you need to put food and water inside the coop as well as outside in the run? Or water in coop only? I'm very confused. I have been searching and have not found a definite answer. We plan on having 3 buffs and 3 red sex-link, 4 months old. Coop is 4 X 8 and run is 10 X 10. I would appreciate any help I can get:).
  2. asher

    asher Chicken Enabler Extraordinaire

    Jan 26, 2007
    Mountains of NC
    Hey and welcome! :) I'm (sort of) a neighbor in the foothills. :)

    I prefer to keep the food and water in the barn or coop. That way it's accesible at all times. It can get so hot here, I especially like the water in there just in case and the food...well, my run isn't covered and it getting wet would be a waste of food.

    Really it's just a personal preference, though, I think.
  3. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    I keep my food and a waterer inside the hen house and an extra waterer outside in the run.

    Having food outside can invite unwanted guests (mice among others).

    If you have room inside that's what I would suggest.
  4. Chic-n-farmer

    Chic-n-farmer Showers of Blessings

    I have a 12x12 chicken house with a gravity feeder and a 3 gallon waterer.

    The run is about 4000 square feet and I have a weather protected gravity feeder and a 5 gallon waterer in it.

    I like to keep it this way so an agressive or dominating bird can't guard them both! [​IMG] Can't be in two places at once![​IMG]

    And by the way, you can make a weather protected feeder by placing the top of a child's turtle sandbox over a regular feeder.
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2008
  5. Anny

    Anny Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    I like to keep it all inside the coop. It keep the water cooler the food drier, and it keeps wild birds and critters from getting a free snack.
  6. Jenski

    Jenski Songster

    Jun 17, 2008
    Middle Tennessee
    I keep one feeder and waterer outside beneath the (elevated) coop, and a smaller feeder and waterer inside. This ensures my less dominant girl has access to food and water if the others run her off.
  7. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing

    Mar 25, 2008
    I also keep my feeder inside the coop and a water inside and outside as well. [​IMG]
    [​IMG] !!!
  8. tshowell

    tshowell In the Brooder

    Aug 18, 2008
    Hendersonville NC
    Thanks so much everyone! I appreciate all the good advice! I think I will keep the food and water inside with one outside just in case.

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