- Jun 11, 2010
First Post here. New Father of 10 chicks. I'm building a coop with an attached run that my birds will be able to access as they please. I'm just wondering if it is neccesary to have food and water inside the coop. I live in NC and my run is covered and will have buried wire around the outside. I just thought that food and water inside the coop will lead to making it wet and smell sooner and needing more frequent cleanings. It just seem that having all the food and water in the run would make for a nicer, cleaner coop. I understand having it inside in cold climates where your bird are kept inside the coop the entire day, but that's not the case here. What do you all do and why? Thanks for the wonderful site, it is so full of wonderful info and wonderful people.