Do Chickens Need a Waterer in the Coop?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by mylilchix, Aug 31, 2008.

  1. mylilchix

    mylilchix Songster

    I was a little late going out to the coop this morning (normally I'm there around 6:30am and today I slept in and got out there around 7:45am). When I got in there to feed them I discovered that they tipped their waterer. I have it on a stand, but I think someone was roosting on it and knocked it off. I can't put a hanging feeder in the coop because the coop isn't 100% level (oops!), so when I try one in there it just spills. Do the chickens need water in the coop or is there something else I can put coop for them? They do have a 3 gallon waterer in the run, and I can take the 1 gallon waterer I had in the coop and put it out there too.

  2. Dar

    Dar Crowing

    Jul 31, 2008
    they need acess to water at all times....i would put the bigger waterer in the coop...i have 10 gals and i have a 10 Gallon waterer that is heavy enough that if they were to roost on it they cant knock it about making like a tee pee type set uo to deter them from roosting on it...use 3 pieces of wood so that the spaces are big enough for them to get in to take a drink....and just lift it off the top of tee pee for cleaning....just a ramdom brainstorm...
  3. JessicaGrant

    JessicaGrant Songster

    Jun 22, 2008
    Western Mass
    I have a rabbit water bottle in the coop. They have all learned to use it and it keeps the spilling to a minimum. I don't know what I will do in the winter but it works well for now.
  4. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville

    My new coop is not level (is on a slope, with a slightly sloped roof) so I HAVE to have a hanging waterer in there.

    I hang it off a hook on the ceiling on a chain and gravity makes it hang straight. It doesn't "look" straight, LOL but it is.

    If for some reason that still won't work, then yeah, I'd get a larger one that they can't tip over.

    Peace -
  5. sunnydee

    sunnydee Songster

    Jul 17, 2008
    In my homemade coop, my hanging waterer and hanging feeding are the only things that ARE straight! [​IMG]
  6. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Hang a plastic trashcan lid just above the waterer (suspended from ceiling on rope) to prevent them from trying to hop onto the waterer and tipping it over.

    I would not want my chickens to go without water for longer than dead-pitch-black evening to first light of dawn (they have water 24/7 in the coop), especially not in hot weather. It takes surprisingly little dehydration (whcih can come on surprisingly fast) to mess up their egg production, which I expect reflects a bunch of other undesirable health effects as well, even if they're less visible.

  7. heyjami

    heyjami In the Brooder

    Jul 7, 2008
    My girls have a coop that's open to an outside run. Are you suggesting that I must have water inside the coop? We've only had it on the outside porch area and they seem to be accessing it fine.
  8. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville

    Quote:As long as they can access it, you're fine. I keep mine outside in the run, but I leave the chicken door open all the time. The only time the water is inside is in the winter, because I close the door at night and it is warmer (to keep it fromf reezing).

    Peace -

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