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Food and Water

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Rich Marshall, Nov 3, 2011.

  1. Rich Marshall

    Rich Marshall In the Brooder

    Oct 27, 2011
    Do chickens need access to both food and water 24/7? Do I need food and water in the chicken house for night and both in the run for the day?

  2. Olive Hill

    Olive Hill Crowing

    Apr 19, 2009
    They only need access during waking hours. They do not get up in the middle of the night to drink. Once they're roosted for the night, that's it until morning.

    Welcome to BYC!
  3. Rich Marshall

    Rich Marshall In the Brooder

    Oct 27, 2011
    So when I put them in before sunset they are good for the night? and I assume if I can going to keep them locked in for the day due to weather give them food and water inside?
  4. hcppam

    hcppam Songster

    yes they are good for the night. [​IMG]
  5. MSDeb

    MSDeb Songster

    Welcome to BYC
  6. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
  7. StandardLover

    StandardLover Chirping

    Apr 6, 2011

  8. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    They should have food and water access during the daytime - not needed at night once they're beyond the early chick weeks. Unless you were having a blizzard or other severe weather, there's probably no need to even keep them inside during the day. Most folks, even in really cold climates, open their pop doors to give the chickens an option to brave the weather or not. But if you ever did keep them in, then yes, they certainly would need water and food inside with them.
  9. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
    Welcome!! [​IMG]
  10. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
    Welcome! I agree with above poster about leaving the pop door open in all kinds of weather. Mine will go out if they are in the mood whatever the weather. If it is harsh weather they stay in but I always give them the option. My birds are pretty hardy. They always have water no matter what as they usually get up before I get out there to open the pop door in the mornings. They are secured for the night inside but I try not to leave too much food available over night due to not wanting to feed the rodents.

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