A couple days ago I moved the hanging food/water containers to the chickens outdoor run (from inside the coop) because a rodent was chewing through the walls & doors of the coop to get to the food. It was driving me crazy and I was sick of repairing the coop. Now, by reading all the various posts here, it has suddenly occurred to me that perhaps the chickens need access to the food and water at night? They are locked in at dark and released (to where they would have access to the food/water) about 1.5 hours after dawn. Do they need access to food and water at night? I assumed because it was dark they couldn't see it anyway and would stay on their roost. But if it's critical for them I could put small feeders and waterers in some manner where the annoying rodents would have trouble getting them.... Comments? Help? Answers? I just want my girls to be happy!