Is one winter waterer enough?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Dieseldog, Nov 22, 2016.

  1. Dieseldog

    Dieseldog Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 15, 2014
    Western Massachusetts
    My coop is 4' x 8' and has 10 chickens. The run is about 25' by 25'. I always have water and food inside and out. With winter coming to Western Mass soon, do you think one heated waterer inside the coop would be fine? I assume they will go into the coop for water if they are thirsty.
    Thank you for your options.
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    One heated water should provide a constant source of water.
  3. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    My feed and water is in my Coop.....Even when out free ranging they run back in for water and food....Chickens know where the water is.....

  4. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    The one waterer will be fine inside for them. That's really tight space for ten (standard?) birds. How's the ventilation? If your run is covered and predator proof, the coop door could be open all the time, which will help the crowding. I add two layers of plastic sheeting around the lower six or seven feet of my run to block the wind in winter, and it's good. Pictures? Mary
  5. Dieseldog

    Dieseldog Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 15, 2014
    Western Massachusetts
    5 of the 10 chickens are bantams. They have lots of ventilation and that can easily be adjusted. Thanks for your replies. If I had a bigger coop then I would have more chickens. If I had more chickens then I would want a bigger coop. If I had.... Lol

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