Water & Feed inside coop, inside run, or both?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by elisaliv, Oct 8, 2014.

  1. elisaliv

    elisaliv Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi I'm new on BYC. My husband and I decided to get chickens when we buy our own property. This won't be until after I graduate as a Respiratory Therapist and he retires from the Air Force in Dec '15. Yes that's 14 months away but I like to research and plan everything in advance so we will be plenty prepared. Hubby says I'm obsessed with chickens. We will be moving to the Knoxville, TN area. We plan on buying around 100 acres which hopefully 30 acres will be pasture. We currently have two horses, a dog and cat. We are planning to get 6 chickens to provide us our daily breakfast eggs and extras for baking or friends. Or the dog lol.

    OK so based on these plans:

    We plan on building a coop with a run like the "Wichita Cabin Coop" and they will be free range chickens
    except at night when we let them in their coop.

    We plan on using a bucket with water nipples.

    We plan on using a feeder like this: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...te-5-gallon-25-feed-bucket-feeder-for-about-3

    Here are a few questions I have:

    1. Should we lock the run and coop up during the day while they are free ranging?

    2. When we let them in their coop for the night, should they be locked in the coop or should they also have access to the run?

    3. Should they have water and feed in the coop, in the run or both?

    4. Will they eat much feed after free ranging the whole day?

    5. Should we provide water outside the coop/run while they are free ranging?

    Ok that's all I can think of for now.

    Thanks!
    Elisa
     
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  2. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

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    Here are a few questions I have:

       1.  Should we lock the run and coop up during the day while they are free ranging?

    No they need to be able to get in to lay eggs

       2.  When we let them in their coop for the night, should they be locked in the coop or should they also have access to the run?

    You can allow them in the run if it is totally predator proof but that is often much harder to achieve with a wire run than a coop so most people fortify the coop and lock them in there of a night.

       3.  Should they have water and feed in the coop, in the run or both?

    I have water in the coop and food in the run. Mainly because its a pain to go into the coop to cover their food to keep mice out each night.

       will they eat as much
    Not as much as non free range but they still need that top up.

       5.  Should we provide water outside the coop/run while they are free ranging
    They will go home if thirsty but in hot weather I have extra containers here and there in the shade.
     
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    pdirt Chillin' With My Peeps

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