new to backyard chickens & would like some waterer/feeder suggestions

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Titania, Oct 31, 2010.

  1. Titania

    Titania Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 28, 2010
    Oklahoma City
    I have a small backyard coop for a small, backyard flock. The flock has 2 bantams & the rest are standard size. The coop is 4x4 & the run is 4x11. Can I put a waterer in the coop? Should I put it in the run? What about the feeder? I'd like to avoid having mice/vermin with their fleas inside the coop. Suggestions? Are there specific feeders and waterers that are better than others?
  2. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 20, 2009
    Orange County, NY
    I use the standard metal feeder that hangs, and the waterers are put on cinder blocks to keep them from soaking the floor. Both large and bantam birds use them. As for keepign out mice, well, nothing is foolproof except my cat! Seriously, I used those tomcat mice traps and they work well as long as the chickens don't get the poison.
  3. TheWaddler

    TheWaddler Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 5, 2010
    Austin, TX
    I wouldn't put them in the coop myself. Barring an outside light source and being disturbed as far as I can tell (fairly new to chickening myself) chickens won't move once they bed down for the night so they only need access to water/food when in the run/yard etc. My feeder hangs from the ceiling of run to keep them from scratching in it/knocking it over and the waterer is on a large wooden block and it is to large for them to knock over.
  4. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2010
    Oxford NY
    Quote:That might work in Austin but if you live where it gets cold/snows there will be days when your birds won't want to come outside. Also, if you only have food and water in the run and you lock the birds up at night you'd better get up early to let them out. Finally, having a food source outside is more likely to attract pests, not only mice and rats but wild birds that will bring in avian diseases. I hang a feeder in my coop and have two double-walled waterers inside up on bricks during the summer and galvanized heaters in the winter. Of course this is a 12 X 12 coop and 40+ birds. Also I store all my feed in rodent-proof garbage containers. Do I have mice? Yes, that is kind of a fact of life if you live in the country--have them in the house too but they give the cats something to do and if the chickens can catch them in the coop, it is a good protein source.
  5. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    I agree, I have water indoors and out, year round, even if I have to tip out ice and replace the liquid. That's an electric heated dog bowl in the bottom pic- very satisfactory. I feed indoors, too, though I might offer a squash or pumpkin in the run.


    Last edited: Nov 1, 2010
  6. Titania

    Titania Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 28, 2010
    Oklahoma City
    thank you all for the suggestions! Much appreciated. Maybe in Oklahoma, I can get away with having the feeder & waterer outside. We'll see. Does anyone use the nipple waterers? Is it hard to transition to those?

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