Where should I feed and water?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jakell2010, Aug 7, 2011.

  1. jakell2010

    jakell2010 In the Brooder

    Jul 23, 2011
    Ok for some this may seem rudimentary but, after my first month with a dozen crazy chickens (maybe I am the crazy one) ,,, I have two waterers and two feeders, one in the run and one in the coop ( each) ,,,, SHOULD I have two,,they seem to only eat and drink outside of the coop, literally never touch the inside water and drain the outside one daily, will this change in winter?

    I know I have been asking a lot of questions about winter, I am a contractor, and need to work the summer to be able to survive the winter, that's why I am always concerned about getting thru winter

    Thanks for the therapy

    SO ,,,, should I be feeding and watering in the coop?,,,I did notice that the feed does get wet and then turns to paste outside, even with a cover on the feeder, if I removed that it would force them to feed inside?,,,,correct

  2. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Crowing

    Mar 28, 2011
    I feed inside the coop. I have a homemade automatic feeder that holds more then 50#'s of feed that is installed outside the coop with the tray inside under a shelf I use as a roost. I currently have one 5 gallon waterer outside in the run. I fill it 1/4 full, change and wash the waterer daily. I wash it with dawn soap due to them getting it sandy daily. Once winter hits, the waterer will come in next to the nest boxes with a plastic tray underneath.
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2011
  3. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Songster

    Jul 10, 2010
    I feed/water in the run during summer, in the coop during winter.

  4. wekiva bird

    wekiva bird Songster

    Mar 18, 2010
    South Carolina
    feed inside water outside until we are going to have under 30 degrees then it in the coop too.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by