Feeding and watering

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by glennbyc, Aug 11, 2013.

  1. glennbyc

    glennbyc Hatching

    Aug 11, 2013
    manchester, uk
    Hi, newbie to this site and to keeping chickens.

    I was wondering after having my 10 week old hens for a day how to keep the water clean as they keep scratching about and dirt ends up in the water. Also what do i do about keeping the feed dry if, acutally when, it rains.i have room to put the feeder under the hen house but then i think the hens will stay under there all day.

    Another thing sorry while i'm at it, how do i get them out from under the hen house so i can pick them up and get them used to being handled

    many thanks in advance

  2. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Songster

    Jul 22, 2013
    I use bricks to raise my waterer up, besides the occasional feather, the water stays clean. I only put food inside the coop. And you'll end to create something to block off that section when you are wanting to spend time with them. If they have grit start exploring different treats, my girls will do anything for a raisin lol
  3. Chick-N-Eggs

    Chick-N-Eggs In the Brooder

    Aug 11, 2013
    S W Florida
    we hang our waterer we have two coops and we have three watering containers one in each coop and one we keep in the common area.
  4. Alene16

    Alene16 In the Brooder

    Mar 7, 2013
    Vancouver WA
    I put my water up just so they could reach and continued to raise it as they got older. My feed is also up and under the hen house. I enticed my girls with special food each evening that I fed from a bowl and then my hands. They are 8 months old now and when they see me come out with the "special Bowl" its a chicken stampeed! It took a while for them to get used to me but I liked to sit and watch them so the time spent was worth it. Also, I still have the water up in the coup but we have had a warm summer so I have added additional bowls of water outside the coup. I also have a hose that drips into a bowl for them. I am surprised at how much water my 12 girls can consume in just a day.

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