Should I feed outside?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by GrandmaKatnip, Jun 16, 2019.

  1. GrandmaKatnip

    GrandmaKatnip In the Brooder

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    I have 31 chickens who are 7 weeks old. They have just been exposed to the fenced in yard for about 2 weeks. The door to the yard is open every day, but they are very reluctant to go outside of the coop. What should/could I do to help them enjoy the outdoors, or is it too soon? Should I put their feed and water outside?
     
  2. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

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    I would put their food and water outdoors.
     
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  3. GrandmaKatnip

    GrandmaKatnip In the Brooder

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    I will try that, thank you!
     
  4. aquabum

    aquabum Chirping

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    I never put food or water inside an actual coop. It's in their run or outside etc... The coop is for laying eggs and roosting at night.
     
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  5. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

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    I feed inside my coop/ run combination, and found that NO FOOD outside cuts down on visiting 'varmits', especially at night. In summer I have water both inside and outside, and in winter, only indoors on the heaters.
    Your coop and covered run need to be large enough for possibly weeks indoors, because of predator visits, and snow in winter. I got over trying to shovel snow out of the run!
    Close confinement leads to bad behaviors.
    Mary
     
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  6. GrandmaKatnip

    GrandmaKatnip In the Brooder

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    So my girls have had access to outside (fenced in) for two weeks. They seem to prefer to stay indoors, though, and I have to 'shoo' them outside to get some sunshine. Yesterday I put the feed outside, and also an extra waterer. They are still hanging out indoors and I am worried that they will not get enough to eat. When I do get them outside, a couple of them have gone to the feeder and waterer, but don't eat much. Should I be worried?
     
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  7. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

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    Have food and water in both locations for now. You can make a trail of food to their feeder so it's easier to find. I feed in the coop and covered run, not outside where they free range.
    Mary
     

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