Until today, we just had an open dish for food and the water dish was on a block alone, about half as high as the block you see below. My hubby put this together for me today. We were going to use a 5 gallon pail, but with only 4 hens, we decided this Tidy Cats container would work fine. It leaves more room for food in the pan. The pan under the water is the one I was using for the food. Think it will help keep their food and water cleaner?