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Waterer inside the coop or outside

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Bluestem, Nov 14, 2017.

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  1. Bluestem

    Bluestem Chirping

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    My coop is just a few days away from being finished, but I was wondering if the waterer should be hung inside the the coop or in the run. I read in one of my books that they just hang it in the run. So, do chickens not need water at night when they're cooped up? Sorry if this is a super dumb question!
     
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  2. rjohns39

    rjohns39 Enabler

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    I don't put water inside as they only sleep or lay in there. I know lots of folks who do both. In their winter housing, I keep water inside with them 24/7.
     
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  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Crowing

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    They don't come down off the roost in the middle of the night for a drink, if that's what you are asking.
     
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  4. Bluestem

    Bluestem Chirping

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    Yep, that's what I was concerned about--I just didn't want them to go thirsty. :)
     
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  5. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Crowing

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    They don't drink at night, so if that's the main concern, just put the waterer out in the run.

    Mine is in the coop but 1) I tend to get up late and 2) my waterer was built to fit into the coop I have, and I haven't had leaking issues, so I don't mess with it.
     
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  6. wamtazlady

    wamtazlady Songster 5 Years

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    People do it both ways. I personally keep the waterer in the run. The girls prefer to be outside during the day no matter how cold it is. So the water is where they hang out. By cold I mean -22 F.
     
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  7. Patinas

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    I have one in and one out. They don't use the inside one much though.
     
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  8. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road 5 Years

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    My water is in coop during frozen months, in run when it does not freeze solid. I use a heated dog bowl with a gallon water jug in the middle during the winter.

    The biggest draw back I can see to water placement is if the birds get inadvertently stuck on the wrong side of the door for an extended length of time while the water is on the other side! I've had pop doors slip closed, had people door blow shut, trapping some birds in coop and others out. It's not a bad idea to have water both places if you're in a temperate climate!
     
  9. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member 7 Years

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    I place water inside the coop, inside the run, and outside my coop. In cold or rainy weather they tend to hang around in their coop quite a bit, so they would be thirsty. Good water intake is better for preventing crop problems or dehydration. We have a large coop in a small barn, so plenty of room. If something comes up that I cannot let them outside first thing in the morning they are all set to just stay in the coop. Also after a big snow, they will not come out unless I shovel a large path out into the yard. Some with tiny coops probably can't fit water inside or it may get spilled. So, you need to do what is best for your needs.
     
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  10. LJoWilly

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    Rain, snow or shine mine get fresh water daily and outside the coop.
     

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