Girls shut in at night, food/water inside coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Concordmommy, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. Concordmommy

    Concordmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girls will be locked in their henhouse at night and let out first thing. Do i need to put water and food in the coop for overnight? Or can I leave it outside for them?
     
  2. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    They need to have food/water at all times, or at least access to it.
     
  3. Lesa

    Lesa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know some people don't leave out food and water overnight, but I do. I really don't think they touch it, when it is dark out- but they can have a snack and a drink before I let them out in the am. Since they won't overeat (assuming you don't have meaties), why not keep the food available? Enjoy!
     
  4. Concordmommy

    Concordmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I guess the only reason not to is to save room inside the henhouse. I could just get smaller containers for inside, I suppose.
     
  5. New2Peeps

    New2Peeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I leave the food inside all the time so that when the coop is locked at night the varmints don't eat it. Water outside so that it doesn't spill and create a stinky situation. I don't think chickens get up in the night for drinks and snacks---
     

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