Our chicks are 8 days old so to say I'm new to chickens in an understatement! LOL!! Many of you have larger flocks and have really cool looking coops, runs and feeding/watering systems that work great in large areas. I'm hoping you can help me downsize your awesome ideas for our smaller scale project. A coop was built for us as a surprise gift - so blessed are we!! They thought we were getting 3-4 chicks and they built it accordingly. We ended up getting 5 chicks. The coop is is approx 3'x4' with three nesting boxes off one side. Aside from hoping the coop will be big enough once they're full grown, I'm hoping to figure out a way to put an auto feeder/waterer within the size constraints of a small coop. The chicks are currently using a vertical nipple water bottle with great success - although they are making the shavings really wet - but its clean!! So I would like to have a a simple nipple style feeder in their coop. They're using the typical chick feeding set up we got at the feed store and making a horrible mess now they have the scratching instinct working! I'd like to transition them to some sort of feeder that reduces mess and doesn't have to be filled too often. Even something I can put in their brooder box? I read that having three nesting boxes for five chickens will be a bit overkill, so I'm thinking of converting one of the boxes to a feeding "station." Has anyone ever done that? I was thinking of doing the 5 gallon bucket concept with PVC elbows and put a plastic container in one of the nesting boxes with two feeding holes toward the coop end. That way the feed stays dry and can be covered versus just putting it directly into the nesting box. Wondering how to make it the least messy.....? I am also having to deal with the location of the roosting bars - again the coop was built for 3-4 birds and I have 5. Do I need to keep the roosting bars clean of the feeding/water areas? Here's some photos so you can see what I have to work with. I really do appreciate any and all ideas and suggestions. The roosting bar is removable and will have to be rethought due to it being built for 3-4 chickens and we have 5. We have a 2nd roosting bar but not sure where we're going to put it. You can also see the chicken door with the pull cord in the back that I have to work around. The nesting boxes are to the right. We were just playing around with ideas of where to put the 2nd roosting bar and still have room for food/water.