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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by florida lee, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. florida lee

    florida lee Songster

    Apr 6, 2011
    Please, how many of you provide water in the coop at night. I provide water 24/7 in the run and in the coop. However, everyday the coop floor is wet because they manage to tip the water enough to spill it. Is water really needed at night. Of course if I remove the water I will also remove the feed container.
    I get out to the coop every morning around 6:30, they are already chowing down. And, I have one hen that has an enlarged crop,,maybe she's over eating and I should limit food to outside.
    thanks for any info

  2. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

    Jan 8, 2011
    Tampa Area, Florida
    I do keep small waterers in the coops. I use a large heavy dog bowl in my big roo's coop because he is determined to kick any container he can find over. He can't move the bowl. They eat after I let them out in the morning. [​IMG]
  3. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    If you are out there at 6:30 AM daily, they don't really need food or water in the coop. Even if they are up a little before then, they won't have a long wait.

    Perhaps you could rig up a small waterer so they can get a drink when they get up, maybe a holder on the wall with a small bowl in it that you can lift out.

    I keep water and food in the coop only, but I imagine my setup is pretty different from yours; my coop is 11' X 17', I believe. I have three one or two gallon waterers that sit on concrete blocks.
  4. krcote

    krcote Songster

    May 21, 2008
    Concord, NH
    Hang your water. No spillage.
  5. M.sue

    M.sue Songster

    May 29, 2011
    I have a water inside and outside the coop 24/7 and a supply of food in the coop. The waterer in the coop is a hanging waterer with nipples purchased from www.avianaquamiser.com. I believe I found this source on this site. Anyway, I love the hanging waterer because it spill proof, dirt/poop free, easy to fill & clean and I never have a mess on the floor. Having water always available makes me feel better.[​IMG]
  6. ChickenAl

    ChickenAl Diagnosis...Chicken-Headed

    Jun 5, 2011
    Putnam cty, NY
    Both water and food in the coop and the run. Makes it easier if I get up late and don't pop the door at the crack of dawn. Also, if it is hot the girls will go in the coop when the sun is hitting their run at 3 in the afternoon. They sometimes eat and drink and even roost for a while.
  7. CatDaddyAlbert

    CatDaddyAlbert NoFeathersRuffled

    Apr 22, 2011
    Gumboro, Delaware
    I also using hanging waterers but if you do not want to do that you might consider buying something like a 1 gallon LG plastic waterer. The base is big enough, along with the weight of the gallon of water that it is not likely to get tipped over even if it is close to empty.

    Good Luck and Happy Chicken Raising.


  8. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Songster

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    I keep feeder & water-er in the coop.I also have a second water-er in the run. If the weather gets bad & they are locked in the coop I'm prepared. I also don't want to leave their feed outside in the weather. It could get wet & ruin. My feeder is attached to the wall inside the coop. I have the water-er hanging from the ceiling & positioned so they won't knock it over when coming off the roost.[​IMG] I now build only three sided coops so everything is available at all times.[​IMG]
  9. karlamaria

    karlamaria Songster

    Jan 30, 2011
    Western montana
    Feed and water both inside and out. Always water at night in case I do not get out early enough.
  10. PeppermintHen

    PeppermintHen Songster

    Sep 5, 2007
    San Antonio, TX
    My water is on decorative rocks stacked up to their head level, but no room for them to hop on. They have never tipped it over.

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