Are there sunlight requirements for chickens

Farmer Mike S

Songster
7 Years
Oct 18, 2012
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Glen Mills, PA
I got four possible spots for my chicken coop, and two spots get at least a half day of direct sunlight, and the other two maybe get a few hours because they got big trees near them. I was wondering if light is an important factor for chickens, and theyre gonna have their own run so they will be in that spot all day by the way.
 

my sunwolf

Songster
7 Years
Apr 22, 2012
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Southwest Virginia
My Coop
My Coop
My chickens tend to love being outdoors--in the shade of a tree or bush. The spots with a few hours of sunlight with big trees shading the run seem like the best for hens. My hens love to sunbathe, but usually do so in the mornings and evenings, keeping to the shade in the middle of the day. Hope this helps
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Kaitie09

Songster
11 Years
May 28, 2009
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South Central, PA
We chose a spot that is shaded 70% of the day, and gets the setting sun after about 3pm. During the summer it works out great because the trees keep it shaded for most of the day. During the winter the chickens still go outside, and they all flock to the sunspots an sunbathe when they can.
 

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