Water in eglu go for long winter nights

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ktisathome, Oct 10, 2015.

  1. ktisathome

    ktisathome New Egg

    May 13, 2015
    The days are getting shorter which means the girls are putting themselves to bed earlier each day. Over the winter it will be dark 15 hrs a day.

    Do I need to put water or food inside the eglu to get them through til morning? It seems such a long time without. Will they even see it if I do?

    It's my first winter with chickens so want to get it right.
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    When your birds go to roost on a night they won't eat and drink so you don't need to put feed and water in there unless you are going to keep them in their coop during the day. I don't have feed and water in my coops on a night but I do let them out as soon as it breaks daylight so they can feed and drink as soon as they are awake. Water in the coop if it's not fully secure could cause it to get knocked over which will make your coop wet and messy which is not ideal especially in freezing temps.

    Hope this helps and good luck with your chickens over the winter.
  3. barneveldrerman

    barneveldrerman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Chickens won't eat or drink once they roost. They won't need any extra water. They will go into sleeping mode.

    Hope this helped!
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    They'll stay on the roosts till dawn.
  5. phryan

    phryan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 9, 2014
    If its only a matter of time you don't need water. There is water in my coop because once the snow starts the flock may not come out for a while. Preventing drips is important, a dry coop is good. Wet litter will freeze and raise the humidity which isn't good for chickens.

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