Food and Water in the run VS in the coop?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by brewmiss96, Sep 12, 2009.

  1. brewmiss96

    brewmiss96 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 3, 2008
    Redmond, OR
    I'm designing a new coop and noticed a lot of people build feeders for inside the coop. I always had my food outside, and the one time I tried to have an auto waterer inside it made such a mess. I'm wondering about people's opinions regarding these two strategies.
  2. journey11

    journey11 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 14, 2009
    I have a large coop (maybe too large) that is converted from one end of a small shed/barn. I had lots of room for mine, so that's why I put the food/water in there. Also, with the food inside it will keep drier. We get a lot of horizontal rain up here.

    On hot days I'll set an extra waterer outside, but I keep it inside otherwise.
  3. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

    I keep the food inside so they can eat any time and water outside because they spill it inside.
  4. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2008
    Portage County, Ohio
    LOL, almost gotta have it inside for winter where there's nasty winters, not to mention rainstorms during the day in the summer.

    Mine have feed and water inside, they eat in the AM till I let em out, they free range all day with water outside too, then come in and eat a little more in the evening. They've been coming in for snacks in the afternoon too, but usually have very full crops all day from foraging outside.
  5. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

    Aug 17, 2008
    Larry, KS
    My Coop
    I move it inside when the weather gets rough, but I limit the amount of time it's inside to necessity, because I end up with mice in there. I really didn't like the nest of mice under the broody...
  6. Amethyste

    Amethyste For Love of Boo...

    My food and water are always inside for my girls.

    Treats are outside! I have alwys been told that it reinforces the idea of the coop itself as HOME, so they are more likely to go in there at night.

    Besides, in the Pacific NW it rains a bit more often that some parts of the US, so I like to make sure that the food is dry, and I dont have to worry bout it. The water stays inside, but in the offchance that we have the very rare HOT HOT HOT weather they will have an extra waterer outside.

    But most of the year, the treats are outside only, and the inside only is for their food and water. In bad weather when they are inside cos it is too snowy or wet or icy, they will get treats inside.

    Have never had a problem with mice or rats in my coop, and the only issue is the flies outside grrrr....constantly fighting them! Not any spillage or anything have I seen with the girls...they are so good [​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2009
  7. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2009
    Middleton, WI
    Some Scratch and water in the run, feed and water in the coop and they forage for a few hours a day. And I am the walking treat dispenser.....
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2009
  8. ShaggysGirl

    ShaggysGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2009
    Temperance, MI
    I keep food and water in the coop. Treats like scratch, fruit, veggies ect are given out in the run
  9. the lemon tree

    the lemon tree Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2009
    I only keep food and water in the run as it cuts down on the mess in the coop exponentially. They don't spend too much time in the coop anyway, since they only hang out there right before bedtime.
  10. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville

    it depends on the time of year -

    in summer everyone free ranges all day long - so the food and water are outside the coops - I keep them in one of the runs that has roof over it in case of rain (well, actually in various places all over the yard, but the main feed station is in the run with the outer door open)

    In winter we get more rain than snow - and it is usually the blowing heavy sort of rain - then each coop gets it's feed an water inside.


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