I live inside the city limits in a relatively small town. I am hoping to raise about 6 hens in my back yard. I now have a bunch of chicks who are really messy eaters. We tend to get rats in our vegetable garden and compost pile anyway. If I feed them in their coop then won't the rats chew threw the wood to get in the coop? Plus because of the heat, their coop floor will be made of mesh wire and the feed spillage will just drop under the coop. If I feed them outside the coop then it seems the rats will just be all over the run at night when the chickens are sleeping. Do I feed them outside and then take it in at night? Are they Ok to only eat during the daytime??? I hate rats!