( Winter ) Water in the coop

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by junkman56, Dec 11, 2016.

  1. junkman56

    junkman56 Chillin' With My Peeps

    This is my first winter with chickens, well first time with chickens period.
    I have my heated water container inside the coop all the time. the feed is inside also,

    I would like to know if that is good or bad for the chickens, I have the container up on blocks. and plenty of 24/7 ventilation

    where do you have your water container?
     
  2. GoldenFlight

    GoldenFlight Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Can't say for sure as I have ducks and pigeons, but that sound just fine![​IMG]
     
  3. wamtazlady

    wamtazlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My water and food is kept outside in their run. The reason is that a waterer inside the coop will contribute even more moisture that needs to be vented out to keep the chickens warm. I also like to encourage the chickens to be outside during the winter. I have a tarp over the top of the run so there is no snow in there and 3 sides covered in clear vinyl. The chickens are outside in the run all day. I toss hay in there regularly and every other day they get a treat such as whole corn or black sunflower seeds. They stay busy scratching for their treats which helps with winter boredom.
     
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  4. GC-Raptor

    GC-Raptor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I keep water in the coop, on a homemade heated base [​IMG]and feed[​IMG] with a vent open away from the roost. It was down to 17 Fahrenheit yesterday morning and down to 7 at 5am today. Water was lukewarm and very little frost on windows, could easily see through them. Combs looked good at 9am. I have a raised coop[​IMG] and no rodents or pests get inside so far, 7 months. GC
     
  5. GoldenFlight

    GoldenFlight Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Very nice setup!!![​IMG]
     
  6. Molpet

    Molpet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    unless it is snowing a lot, I keep the water outside and change it every few hours.. too far to run extension cords
     
  7. GC-Raptor

    GC-Raptor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. It took me over a month to design and build,[​IMG] evenings and weekends. GC
     
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  8. GoldenFlight

    GoldenFlight Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Wow, that's a lot of time and work, good job!
     
  9. junkman56

    junkman56 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I keep the feed and water in the coop, and it has been going down in the low 20s overnight the last few week or so. and I have not noticed and condensation on the inside of the window in the coop. so knock on wood so far so good.
     
  10. bigfoot11

    bigfoot11 Just Hatched

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    I, too, keep the water and food in the coop. Worked great for me last year so I am assuming it will work good for me this year!

    Either way, great set-up! Should work as you expect it to.
     

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