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Feed and Water in the Coop??

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by cladano, Feb 8, 2012.

  1. cladano

    cladano In the Brooder

    Feb 6, 2012
    I think I read somewhere that you shouldn't put the food in water in the coop but I've seen a bunch of pics or videos of people having feeders and waterers right inside the coop. What's the reasoning behind this? Does it help in colder weather to put the food/water in the coop?

  2. csummer8882

    csummer8882 Songster

    Apr 20, 2011
    Rockingham County, NH
    I keep food and water in the coop and water outside in the run as well. I keep the food inside just to lessen the chances of other critters getting into it as I dont want to move it at the end of each day. :)
  3. erinszoo

    erinszoo Songster

    Jun 28, 2011
    North Central Oklahoma
    We keep our food and water in the house because we don't want to have to move it all the time depending on the weather. Plus it keeps the wild birds out of the feed.
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    Snow storms can put your birds into the barn here, for days on end. I couldn't keep the water thawed, except for heated dog dishes inside. The wild birds would also find the outside feeders, as would the squirrels, chipmunks, etc. Other than what gets "free tossed", all feed is indoors. During the summer, there is a outside waterer added.
  5. duckinnut

    duckinnut Songster

    Jul 18, 2010
    Marshfield, Ma.
    X2 in what Fred said. Also gives the lower on the pole girls a better chance while the upper echelon is outside free ranging and gives my roo a chance to eat in peace. Some of my girls like to eat as soon as they jump out of the nest box as well. In all its really a matter of choice, where you live and size of the coop I suppose.
  6. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Songster

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    [​IMG]Here's my set up I have two of each. This is a three sided coop.
  7. cladano

    cladano In the Brooder

    Feb 6, 2012
    So what I've been seeing and hearing is that it's probably not a big deal to have feed and water in the coop?

    I live in Iowa and will hopefully be building a chicken tractor 6x10 or 6x12 this spring for about 4-6 hens.

  8. bretski

    bretski Hatching

    Feb 5, 2012
    Fort Collins, CO
    I don't view it as a big deal whether it's inside or out...more a matter of what works best for you. I recently moved the feeder outside into their run (covered and hanging). Up until then, it was always in the coop. I moved it primarily because of mice getting into the feed (feeder was on the floor of the coop). I realize that mice can jump, but at least now they'll have to work a lot harder to steal food...

    We move their water in at night, and out in the morning. I want them to have access to water 24/7. This spring, I plan to rig waterers inside and out, just to take one more thing off the daily to-do list (although my wife likes doing this). [​IMG]
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2012
  9. bucky52

    bucky52 Songster

    Apr 26, 2011
    i keep feed and water in the coop and in the run.i found mouse droopings in the inside feeder this morning.and i do have it hanging.now do i remove it or leave it.
  10. Linn Bee

    Linn Bee Songster

    Like many others, I hang my feed and waterer inside the coop. My chickens are free range as much as they like, but I feel that keeping the feed inside deters wild birds and other pests. I do have a second waterer outside in warm weather so the birds don't have to go inside to drink.

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