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Food and water in the coop?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Jeffross1968, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. Jeffross1968

    Jeffross1968 Songster

    May 14, 2011
    Smoky Mountains
    Our old little coop had no real distinction between the coop and run, so they had access to food and water 24/7. However the new coop has a chicken door leading into the run that gets locked for security every night. I let them go in at their leisure when it's getting dark, and then open the door every morning prior to 7am. I have no food in the coop, but I do have water. I placed a waterer in one of the 3 laying boxes. They either are not using it, or using so little during that period that it barely shows on the water level. Of course, most of that time they are asleep and it's dark.

    I'm wondering what everyone else does? I remember reading someone's post a week or so ago that having food inside the actual coop where they sleep could be a security problem, due to the smell of the food attracting predators, though the coop is a fortress. They file out calmly in the morning and proceed to eat and drink for a bit, but it certainly doesn't seem like they are ravenously hungry or anything. I just want to make sure I'm doing the right thing...

  2. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    Quote:If you are letting the chickens out soon after they awake from their slumber I see no reason why you cannot continue doing what you are doing. For me, I leave the food and water in coop because I cannot let them out until after 8am-to be curtious to my neighbors ( crowing).

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