Feeder Drinker Advise

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by orrinoconnor, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. orrinoconnor

    orrinoconnor Hatching

    Apr 25, 2011
    This is the first time I will be keeping chickens.
    I have 6 in the brooder at the moment and I want to get the coop ready well in advance.
    I plan to use an on demand dispenser for food,,,, in that they tap it when they want food and the food falls out.
    My plan for water is a small drinker filled from a large bottle reservoir to keep the water clean .
    I am just not sure if I will need two of each; one for outside one for inside.
    My preference would just to have one of each inside the coop.
    They will be free ranging in the garden and shut in at night but I am not sure if they will have the sense to go into the coop to get food and water as required when they are running around loose during the day.

  2. trooper

    trooper Songster

    Apr 26, 2010
    Personal thought is to have one feeder and two waters.Feed is a must but I feel that water is as much if not more important.Having accessibility to the water at anytime and redaly accessible for feeding,heat,etc makes it easier on the chickens.They eat outside in their run and water is needed with the food From what I understand.Not only that but the more you can keep them outside the cleaner you keep the coop.[​IMG]
  3. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Songster

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    Here's my set up. This is a three sided coop so the food & water is always available for them. I have two waterers in case one gets knocked over or they run out in one. I provide two feeders in case there's a bully around that won't let the other eat. If your coop is 4 sided I would put the food in the coop to be protected from the weather & provide water inside the coop & in the run as we[​IMG]ll.Thats how I do it.
  4. southerndesert

    southerndesert B & M Chicken Ranch

    Jun 17, 2011
    Morristown, AZ

    We use buckets with nipples....

    The one in the coop/run in background also has one.
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2011

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