Feed and water?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jmc0319, Feb 22, 2013.

  1. jmc0319

    jmc0319 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 15, 2013
    Is it necessary to have feed and water in the coop if the hens will only roost and lay in there? That is, will they need food and water overnight?
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member


    One year, we had a half dozen birds escape the hatchet in fall. They wintered over in the boughs of our evergreen woods, roosting about 8 feet off the ground. That's what chicken's do by instinct. Obviously, once they go up to the branches to roost for the night, they don't have food or water up there.

    As long as they can eat just before going to roost and able to access water when they come down from the roost, they'll be just fine.
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2013
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
  4. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2011
    Taylors, SC
    I keep food in the coop to protect it from the weather and casual visitors. I keep the water in the run so that any spills are on the ground, leaving no mess to clean.

  5. Angel16

    Angel16 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi i wondered should i get a (heated??) dog water bowl for my chickens ( witch are not here yet) or by a 2 gallon poultry waterer? wouold the 2 gallon waterer freeze?

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