chicken feed and water questions
I have found this forum to be a great help! Im getting my first chickens today. 12 hens and 1 rooster - ready to lay - red sex links.
Do you leave the layer pellets out for the chickens 24/7? Mine will also get scraps an garden compost, bugs, etc but I'm giving them layer pellets, as well.
Should I remove the pellets at nightfall to keep out the mice?
They will have one waterer inside the coop. Will that be enough? WIll they know where it is and use it there? Should I put another one outside? How often should I change the water. It's a slow feed automatic waterer. The water is not in the open.
Do I mix the crushed egg shsells with the pellets or keep separate, free choice. Will the mice come for the egg shells also, do I need to remove those as well?