feeder in or out of coop?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Turkeyrun, Oct 5, 2010.

  1. Turkeyrun

    Turkeyrun Chirping

    Jul 30, 2009

    Where do you keep your feeder, in or out of the coop or both? Same for water. And, why?

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    Last edited: Oct 5, 2010

  2. matimeo

    matimeo Songster

    Jul 29, 2010
    I have water in and out, but food is only outside to keep the coop cleaner.
  3. gallinamama

    gallinamama Songster

    May 14, 2010
    Macomb, Michigan
    In and out...both water and food.... but it seems they like it better outside... but I plan on keeping it on the inside to see what happens in the winter.[​IMG]
  4. Melinda35

    Melinda35 Songster

    Oct 1, 2010
    Because I have a wooden feeder it stays inside protected from the weather. I only put crumbles in that feeder usually about a half of a 50 pound bag at a time. Rain will ruin the feed. When I have a treat for them I put it in a bowl outside or throw it on the ground, depending on what it is. I have water both inside and out. I try to encourage my chickens to be comfortable going in and out of the coop. I don't want them to think the coop is lock down. They do seem to prefer the water outside for some reason.

  5. El Naked Neck

    El Naked Neck Songster

    Jan 23, 2010
    food inside, and water in and out, they free range so they eat lots of bugs
  6. our 5 chickie babies

    our 5 chickie babies Chirping

    May 31, 2010
    We keep our feed and water inside the coop.The water stays cooler in the summer along with putting ice in it if it is really hot and I have never had it freeze in the winter.
    We keep the feed inside because that way it doesn't get wet and go bad and when we had it outside the little mice would help themselves but they won't go inside the coop for it because there is nowhere for them to run and with 5 hens in there they become a snack very quickly.Not saying it is the right way it has just worked well for us.
  7. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    Feeder is always in...the sheep and the dogs would lick it clean if it were out. The water is out in the shade in the summer and in the coop in the winter. My birds free range, so the water needs to be out where they are in the spring, summer and fall. In the winter I place it in the coop where its warmer and so they can drink if there are days they can't get outside, as in when the snow is too deep.

  8. gallinamama

    gallinamama Songster

    May 14, 2010
    Macomb, Michigan
    My run is covered for the elements.. so I can keep food out there. I want to keep the food inside also because winter is coming.. and I feel it will not freeze indoors. I plan on putting plastic around the run to keep it a bit warmer.. and bales of hay around the base of the coop.. hopefully that will help also.

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