I am still relatively new to chicken raising but am finding our current system for food and water is not working for our needs. We have a smaller coop that has the nesting area in the top part of the coop and currently are having to get on the ground and put the food and water hanging underneath that because it's covered. I find it difficult to do and my nine year is having an even worse time navigating this. Not to mention, between the hens and us spilling things as we are hanging and it's a mess. We leave the coop door open the majority of the time so they can be outside most of the time and have a tall fence surrounding this area. We haven't had any issues with this set up so I think we will leave it alone but I plan on building a covered feeder for the hens hoping to cut down on the mess and waste. Do I need to put it in the coop or can I just attach it outside the coop? Same with the new watering system. I plan on making one with nipples so does it need to be inside or out? And if they can be outside we will def use our old system when the coop needs to be closed.