amount of sunlight needed

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Blake, Mar 19, 2007.

  1. Blake

    Blake Out Of The Brooder

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    Gurley,Al
    i have always had my coops outside where the critters got plenty of sunlight mainly because thats the only place i could put em.i am in the "design" stages of some new pens and having looked at all the different ideas on here, i am seeing alot of pens that are inside and/or underneath some sort of shed/barn which completely shades the birds.just curious if it matters or not? im assuming it doesnt as mmany would not be doing this but it came to mind and thought i would get some imput.[​IMG]
     
  2. I_Love_Chickens

    I_Love_Chickens Out Of The Brooder

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    My dad pointed out that you'd want a coop that provides full shelter to everything but then the run can have access to sunlight. The problem with sticking them in full sun that I see is that your pretty much baking them. They can overheat and I think this would cause that. Of course this depends on how hot your summers get. Here in Oklahoma our summers get around 100 degrees and sometimes a little above. Gets prett hot here and I know If I had full sun here all day, i'd be toast. So try to provide them a good mixture of both shade and sun. Every living thing needs sun, so don't deprive them of it but don't make them bake in it. Hope this makes since and helps. [​IMG]
     
  3. Blake

    Blake Out Of The Brooder

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    well thats what i thought but what about the folks that are housing them in and under these shed/barns? they are not exposed to any direct sunlight.that was my main question.i know better than to bake em;)
     
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    The birds might be able to get enough reflected sunlight to survive but if you could make it so yours have access to full sun, they might be happier birds. The feed we get is so fortified that they can be used on caged layers or broilers who never see the light of day.
     

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