Feeder/waterer inside and out?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by barg, May 4, 2007.

  1. barg

    barg Songster

    Apr 27, 2007
    I am in the middle of building our small coop and working out the details of where to place things in their house.
    My design is an intergrated house within and above the run similar to monicas https://www.backyardchickens.com/coops/monica.html
    or the playhouse https://www.backyardchickens.com/coops/playhouse-coop.html

    In the day, the house door will be open for them to go in and out but at night I plan to lock them in to avoid the numerous preditors in the area. Should they have feeder and waterer inside the house at night or will they just be sleeping anyway.

    Noob question from a Noob. All is well in the universe.
    Last edited: May 4, 2007
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    I would definately keep the feed and water inside. That way they always know....home is where the feed is.
  3. keljonma

    keljonma Songster

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas

    We don't put any feed outside - it attracts mice, squirrels, chipmunks and wild birds. They will not only eat more feed than you plan to buy, they can spread disease.

    We don't put any waterers outside either. But our flock forages our farm and they do drink out of the dog's water bowl! [​IMG]


    if edited, probably for typos...
    Last edited: May 4, 2007
  4. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Songster

    Apr 19, 2007
    Binghamton, NY
    I always keep the feeders and waterers inside. If they get hungry or thirsty, they know where it is.
  5. cookiesdaddy

    cookiesdaddy Songster

    Apr 13, 2007
    California Bay Area
    Keeping waterer inside ... wouldn't it risk wetting the bed material and killing the deep cleaning method? How do you prevent waterer from tipping over?
  6. barg

    barg Songster

    Apr 27, 2007
    Quote:Being the noob I am... what is the deep cleaning method? [​IMG]
  7. I keep feed inside, but have cup hooks on the posts to hang vegetablesoutside. I have (2) 5 gallon waterers, one for inside and one for in the pen, during the warm weather. When it's cold, only one inside on a tray heater. I run a 150 ft extention cord all winter and have a garden hose. In the winter I drain the hose after each use and it never freezes. I also have a frost free faucet on the outside of my house. Good for even 20 below zero. Merry

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