We have a small raised coop with sand & DE on the coop floor and no run as our chickens free range all day. We modified the Purina Mills coop, but it's about the same square footage - about 8 chickens. In their plans, they show the food & under under the coop....BUT... I used to keep the food and water in the coop, but the water made such a mess and I found that the chickens rarely return to the coop during the day except to lay their eggs. So, I moved the water out into the yard where the chickens seem to access it more often and it's way less messy. I left the food inside thinking that bugs and ants would stay away from it, plus it would be available to the chickens during the early morning before the door opens. I was also thinking that it would be safer inside because it wouldn't attract predators.... Anyway, the food is a disaster inside the coop. The chickens throw it all over the coop and it seems like more than 1/2 is wasted since they won't eat it off the coop floor because of the poop/sand/DE mixture... If I put it under the coop, it will be protected from the weather, but will it attract predators? Will it attract bugs? I can't think of any other place that I could put it... What do you do?? Any suggestions for me? Here are a few pictures of the coop to give you an idea of the space...it's not very big!