Do the girls need food at night ??

mrszlopez

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Apr 4, 2009
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So we finally moved our 3month old girls into the coop. They get locked in the hutch at night to be safe & ive been wondering if i should put their food & water in with them.
Its not a very large hutch, so im not sure if i should do it. Opinions wanted !
 

chickengrl

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Sep 30, 2010
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When they roost up at night they are not eating or drinking. So, I would say no need. I would let them out as soon as you can so they do have access to is fairly soon after waking up. Our coop is a shed, so we always have it out for them, but they don't use it at night. I hope that helps!
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7L Farm

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9 Years
Jul 22, 2010
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I want my animals to have food & water available at all times. I feel better knowing that when they get up the food & water is there for them. If I'm late letting them out are whatever they won't be thirsty are hungry.
 

Saltysteele

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8 Years
Apr 10, 2011
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they don't need it at night. they're sleeping most of the time.

just like humans, they have fat stores and can go a bit without food (you don't have to get up at 6:30 a.m. to let them out, they'll be fine)
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Mama Austranought

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Apr 17, 2011
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I do because I find they like to just go into their coop and hang out for a while even when free ranging. Also I like them to be able to have access to water and food - they get up with the sun which a lot earlier than I do! If their access to water is stopped, even for a short time, it can affect their laying. Mine hang from the roof of their small, night time "A" frame coop.
 

JodyJo

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Sep 27, 2010
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I feed my 16 at night, along with always having water available. In the morning, the food is all gone, so I take that as a hint...soon they will be free ranging all day, they are only 6 weeks old now, and I will still keep the food inside...previous poster is right, never know if I will get out there early enough to feed...I sleep better knowing they have something.
 

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