Do you remove feed from run at night?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by capebird, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. capebird

    capebird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2011
    Cape Cod
    I was reading how mice can be attracted to the chicken's feed
    and was curious if people remove the feed containers from their
    runs in the evening and replace in the morning when the chicks
    come out of the coop? My run is surrounded by 1/2 inch wire mesh...
    but I'm sure mice could work their way into the run.

  2. ninabeast

    ninabeast Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2011
    Upstate New York
    I only feed in the coop. They go in when they're hungry.
  3. jbowyer01

    jbowyer01 Just Me!

    Aug 29, 2008
    Hogansville, Georgia
    Quote:I remove mine every evening and put it back in the run in the morning with their morning treats.
  4. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    Yes, besides mice, I figure the sight of it might make a hungry coon or skunk try that much harder to enter the run.

    (fixed my error)
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2011
  5. duckduckturkey

    duckduckturkey Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 21, 2011
    I removed the feed one night and the next morning, the girls wings had been chewed on. Reading other threads, it sounds as if it was caused by rats.

    I'm only chicky sitting and it's a little frustrating all the problems I've had to deal with, but I'm currantly trying to track down some rat zappers. I don't want poisons, because there is no knowing who'll eat it. And I dont want snap traps, because there is no knowing who will get caught in them, including the chickens as they like to escape and go for a walk. When I do locate the zappers, I plan to leave them out only at night. I'll let you know how it goes.
  6. KDK1

    KDK1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I don't feed in the run ('cept treats, which don't stay on the ground very long)... only in the coop!
  7. lowry075

    lowry075 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2011
    Southern California
    Quote:I remove mine every evening and put it back in the run in the morning with their morning treats.

    X2 [​IMG]
  8. newchickgal

    newchickgal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 17, 2009
    Republic of Panama
    I always keep the food and water in the coop, they can go in and out as they please.
  9. TnChickHen

    TnChickHen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2011
    Quote:x2 We only keep the duck feed out, but they still eat the duck feed. [​IMG] We haven't had too many issues with critters. Our hound stays out by the coop at night. He's a good ol' boy!
  10. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2008
    East Bethel MN
    I don't keep feed out in the run either, Only in the coop. Fresh veggies and fruit are fed out in the open yard or also in the coop. Mice are nuts for chicken feed.

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