Do you have to keep food and water in both places? The coop and run?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by goldeneggtees, May 15, 2009.

  1. goldeneggtees

    goldeneggtees Fluffy Butt Nut

    Mar 11, 2009
    Long Island, NY
    I have a silly question, should food and water be kept both outside in the run as well as inside the coop? Their door is open into the coop so they are free to come and go as they please.
  2. sherrydeanne

    sherrydeanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm a newb, but I put a little bucket of water out for mine. I figure they're eating a ton, no need for food [​IMG]
  3. vnploveschickens

    vnploveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    I keep an extra waterer outside. Food and water inside.

  4. briana1975

    briana1975 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2009
    Carleton Mi.
    This is my chicks 1st week getting to go outside and I only keep water outside for them. Feed is in the coop so they want to go back in. At least that was my thoughts on it.
  5. goldeneggtees

    goldeneggtees Fluffy Butt Nut

    Mar 11, 2009
    Long Island, NY
    Thanks! Seems everyone's ideas are the same on this particular subject. Food and water inside, just water outside. I was afraid having the feed outside might attract unwanted attention from any other animals around.

    Today is only their second day in their run and coop and now I see they have the hang of it - going inside and out! It's fun to go out and see where they'll be![​IMG]
  6. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2009
    Mt Airy, NC
    Quote:Ditto here [​IMG]
  7. For-The-Love-Of-Chickens

    For-The-Love-Of-Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2009
    Washington State
    Well I'm going to break the mold and say that we move our food and water outside to the run on nice days, and leave it inside on yucky days. Having the food outside encouraged our chicks to go outside more. They wanted to just hang out in the coop all the time until we switched to food in the run.
  8. DouglasPeeps

    DouglasPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2008
    Quote:Ditto here [​IMG]

    Same here
  9. aank4

    aank4 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 22, 2009
    I keep the free choice food inside the coop, to discourage rodent visitors as much as possible. I know we might still have a visit from a mouse or two, but so far I haven't seen any. (We also have 4 very talented mouse-catching cats). I have a rabbit style water bottle inside the coop, which doesn't leak or spill, and it keeps the bedding nice and dry while still providing some water when my girls are inside. Outside, I have a big fountain style waterer they can use. We feed greens and any treats outside, too.

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