Do I need to put feeder in run or is in coop ok?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by wlkrvllyny, May 6, 2011.

  1. wlkrvllyny

    wlkrvllyny In the Brooder

    May 6, 2011
    I have a new laying quartet. I put the hanging feeder in their coop, and they have an enclosed run. I plan to let them free range once they are assimilated to the new home. It has been 5 days now. The first 2 days, got 3 eggs, then 2, then only one, today 2...Could they not be laying if they are not eating the food? They have been out in their run, which is well tore up now. I am not sure if I should provide access to the protein in their run.

  2. DickGJ

    DickGJ Songster

    Apr 8, 2011
    Sumter, South Carolina
    I have a covered run so I keep my food and water out of the coop. I have less problems with mess inside the coop and it gives them more room. Besides, by the time they enter the coop in the evening...they've onyl got enough time to get up on their roosts before dark. Once it's dark, they don't eat or drink anyway... [​IMG]
  3. Schwartzfarmnc

    Schwartzfarmnc Songster

    May 28, 2010
    West Jefferson
    We keep ours inside for 2 reasons, no pests and feed stays dry, but everyone's situation is different, some do one way and some offer it in both locations, really it depends on your setup and style.
  4. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Crowing

    Sep 25, 2010
    Kansas City
    I have always kept mine in the coop. At first I put it there because they were locked there to learn where home was. Then it got cold, so it stayed in. Then, being fed in the coop made it easier to call them back when they were free ranging. Now I have ducks, and I think I am moving mine out to the run, lol. I think it's whatever is easiest for you. If you just got them it will take them a few weeks to adjust and be on their a game as far as laying.
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I keep my feeders in the coops. Treats I feed outside (99% of the time). Waterers are available inside and out. I add more waterers around the property during the summer - my birds free range.

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