Food and water


Premium Feather Member
10 Years
Feb 5, 2009
South Georgia
There are pros and cons both ways. Yes, they just sleep at night, but they also get up early -- and hungry and thirsty. Feed left out at night in the coop can attract rats and mice -- or other predators. You'll find a balance that works for you.


10 Years
May 16, 2011
North Pole, Alaska 99705
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If you have automatic door or are an early riser, helps if you don't want to have food in the coop.

If you have a secure run, no pop door is needed and the feed & water can be anywhere


11 Years
Dec 18, 2008
Middle TN
I only have 3 chickens, so keep that in mind, but I keep everything outdoors in the run. I put out enough food for them to finish all but a TINY bit of it--I take that up when the chickens have gone to bed for the evening. In the wintertime I remove the hanging water thingy, dump it, and take it in the house to refill for the a.m. -- where I live it usually doesn't freeze during the day but WILL at night.

So my girls have nothing to eat or drink in their house overnight but so far I have never come out in the a.m. to find them down from the roosts yet. I.e., I get up earlier than they do! I put the food out in the run (and water if it's winter--otherwise it stays out all the time) and open their pop door, but it's usually 30-60 min. b/f they are down and out in the run.

My run IS covered and very secure, as well.


Love My Chickens
10 Years
Jul 28, 2009
Floyds Knobs, Indiana
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I keep them in both places. If you're an early riser, there really shouldn't be a need to keep them inside. But if you're not out there early, then you might want to. If your run is not covered, then leaving food out in the run (all night) might attract possums or raccoons... Also, in winter time it's nice to keep water inside just to help keep it from freezing so soon (if you're in a cold winter area).

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