Feeder/water inside vs. outside

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Downshifting, Jun 4, 2010.

  1. Downshifting

    Downshifting In the Brooder

    Mar 16, 2010
    Raleigh, NC
    The coop I'm planning will have a covered run as well as an enclosed henhouse. What are the pros/cons of putting the feeder and waterer outside (under the covered run) vs. inside the henhouse. I've seen it done both ways and just wondering about the thought process behind both.

  2. joletabey

    joletabey SDWD!!!!

    Apr 9, 2009
    western NC
    Don't leave the feed outside at night, it will attract nasties. As long as it is under the coop enough to keep dry, you should be OK during the day. I have one under the coop that is locked up in the horse barn at night, and one that stays in the coop all the time. I also keep water in the coop at all times, then if I get a little lazy in the morning, I know they have water and at least some feed till I get out there.
  3. I have mine in both locations but I clean up the run so nothing is left overnight and the containers can air out. By having two in the daytime, I know that if one gets fouled, everything is all right. In fact all I use for water outside is a rubber stock bowl, which doubles as a wading pool on extremely hot days.



  4. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Well, with food in the run, the chickens drop the food and then it does get stinky. Even a covered run can have some wetness get in. So that's why food inside is a bit better.

    Same thing with water, I believe. If you have a good waterer, and you don't have to worry about spills, then keep it inside. Now, alot of people keep the water outside in the summer months, then inside in the fall/winter because it doesn't freeze as quickly as if it was outside.

    In my old (experimental) coop, I had food and water in the run, and I personally like to have it inside better. Just my humble opinion!

    Good luck with your design!
  5. churchx3

    churchx3 Songster

    Mar 30, 2010
    Food inside only available 24/7 and water both inside and out 24/7. Works for me.
  6. Downshifting

    Downshifting In the Brooder

    Mar 16, 2010
    Raleigh, NC
    Thanks everyone...great logic!
  7. sianara

    sianara Songster

    Apr 27, 2007
    Central MA

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