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Do chickens need water overnight?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by New Chickadee, Jun 24, 2011.

  1. New Chickadee

    New Chickadee Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 22, 2011
    Ventura, CA
    We set up a bucket with nipple waterers in the run. But at night time, the chickens are inside the coop. Do I need to provide a second source of water inside the coop or do they just sleep all night and not need water? I was planning on keeping water only outside to keep the coop shavings dry since we're doing the deep litter method. Thanks!
  2. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    It really depends on how diligent you know you are. I don't keep water in the coop but then I'm naturally an early riser. About once in 2 months do I oversleep and let the chickens out after 7. Usually they're out within 30 minutes after dawn or after the winter light turns on.
  3. chi-rn

    chi-rn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 11, 2011
    Up at 5AM everyday with my chihuahuas. Never have provided food/water inside coop-- only run. But, if I'm as much as 10 minutes late, those beaks sound like automatic rifle fire on their plexiglass windows as they impatiently watch me coming![​IMG]
  4. New Chickadee

    New Chickadee Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 22, 2011
    Ventura, CA
    Haha! Thanks for the responses.
  5. ChickenAl

    ChickenAl Diagnosis...Chicken-Headed

    Jun 5, 2011
    Putnam cty, NY
    Feed and water in both the coop and run, just in case I want to sleep late.
  6. Back_Yard _Chickenrancher

    Back_Yard _Chickenrancher New Egg

    Jun 17, 2011
    I have an Auto feeder and 2 waters 5 gallons a piece one inside and one outside case they wanna hang inside to get away from the sun and heat of the day.. So the only choice here is yours.....
  7. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

    Dec 2, 2009
    Nope, they are sleeping during the night [​IMG]
  8. afveteran88

    afveteran88 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2011
    Deerfield, Michigan
    I think I'll do mine in the run only. No need for more mess in the coop.
  9. aubreynoramarie

    aubreynoramarie designated lawn flamingo

    May 27, 2010
    Reno, Nevada
    mine dont have any in the coop. my run is secure enough that their coop door stays open all night and when they wake up in the a.m. they can get out and eat/drink whenever they please. i dont see why they would need it in the coop if theyre sleeping all night long
  10. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    I fthey are just in there to sleep, they do not need water.

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