Hello, all, I found this wonderful site and have spent hours learning about keeping chickens! I know absolutely nothing about chickens but am eager to learn! I live in a suburban area and really want to have my own eggs, because I eat my eggs raw and I want to KNOW that they are safe, free range, and organic! My neighbors want to go in with me and share the responsibility for having a flock of chickens. This may be a dumb question, but I haven't seen the answer anywhere: How much sunlight do chickens need? Does the coop and run need to be in the sun? I have a huge deck on the back of my house, surrounded in lattice, with a nice heavy door to access. I was thinking that under the deck would be a perfect, safe place for the coop and roosts. I have lots of wildlife around here that would probably love to eat chickens. But there would be no sunlight. Can I just let them run loose in our yards during the day? We live on a lake, so there is water, lots of trees--really nice. Any help or suggestions would be most appreciated. Thanks in advance!