Building a coop in the shade

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by FWChicken, May 6, 2008.

  1. FWChicken

    FWChicken Hatching

    May 5, 2008
    Raleigh NC
    Hey everyone. I am new to this forum and to keeping chickens. I am going to get some laying hens from a friend in the next couple of weeks and will begin on my coop shortly. the ideal spot in my urban yard lies underneath a large magnolia tree which pretty much shades the entire area i plan on building my coop. Do chickens need direct sunlight, or am i thinking they are tomato plants? kidding. i will be able to have a place for them to run around that may get some sun. I am just curious about the actual laying quarters/shelter. thanks
  2. Rte.66_chicks

    Rte.66_chicks Songster

    Feb 22, 2008
    Kingman, AZ
    I'd think they will be OK as long as they can get some sun occasionally. Look how commercial factory farms keep theirs-no sun at all. Yours will be far better off than that.

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