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what size waterer and feeder for 3 hens?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by dftkarin, Jul 27, 2008.

  1. dftkarin

    dftkarin Songster

    Jun 27, 2008
    My chicks are almost 3 weeks and I'm wanting to buy a hanging waterer and feeder and I'm wondering what is the most practical size to get considering I'll have only 3 hens, and I think will want to hang both inside their future coop. Would a hanging 1 gallon waterer be adequate? 3 gallons seems like overkill! How about for a feeder? Any suggestions would be very appreciated!! Thank you!

  2. orchidchick

    orchidchick Songster

    Mar 23, 2008
    south florida
    I have three hens and the one gallon waterer is perfect. As it is, even in the heat, I am only having to clean it out and refill it a couple of times a week, and it is never stinky or scummy or even close to running out, I just like to keep it on the fresh side. I couldn't get my hands on a hanging one so it's up on a block.

    The feeder is about the same size, and that is about on the same refill schedule as well. I used to have the feeder out in the run, but it's just easier for me to have both in the coop (I have a back disability) and everything is at a good height for me there.


    Good luck with your girls!!!
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    1 gallon is good for the waterer. You'll be refilling it every 3-4 days (or so... it depends on your weather, also on spillage) which IMO is about right to avoid excess labor but also sliminess. I don't hang it, btw, I put it on a stack of blocks, b/c I suspect it spills less this way (I can't prove it tho).

    Feeders, it totally depends how often you want to have to refill them. Personally I find it annoying to have to refill the feeder constantly, so after trying different arrangements I am using a 2-gallon-bucket sized feeder (homemade) for my 2 (used to be 3) chicken tractor.

    But it doesn't really matter a huge amount [​IMG]

    Good luck and ahve fun,


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