We're consumed with designing the "perfect" coop and run for our 8-chicks -- and newbies to boot. I just keep reading and reading and reading on the Web trying to learn as much as I can ... but whew, there's a lot to learn. (poor chicks--to be subject to newbies) Anyway, we've now designed our coop (I think) and also want to include some sort of a feeder with a hopper big enough for an entire bag of feed and possibly an automatic waterer. After talking to folks at our local feed store, we've been told that we should have two feeders and two waterers so as to prevent a dominant chicken from preventing others from getting to the good stuff. What do you think? Is more than one a good idea? Or one in and one out? Also, Is there an optimum width to a feeder so that everyone can have access? Are chickens polite enough to wait their turn (hahahaha) or should we plan on making the thing wide enough for two or three to feed at the same time? Haven't really figured out the waterer issue yet either. For now I'm thinking we'll just pipe a hose & spigot close to the coop so that I can fill a bucket from there, but I can see this practice getting old fast. And I know the chickens will wake up earlier than I do in the mornings (I tend to work late days, so mornings for me don't start until around 8 or 9-ish.) Thank you!!