Coop placement, too much shade???

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MnKHarden, Apr 8, 2012.

  1. MnKHarden

    MnKHarden Out Of The Brooder

    My yard is very shaded, is this going to be a problem? My chickens will get sun till about 11 or 12. I don't really have anywhere else to put them except the front yard...

    Thanks for your help :)
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Shade will not be a problem.
    It probably will be a benefit in the summer. Keeping the coop and chickens a bit cooler.

  3. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 31, 2008
    West Michigan
    My Coop
    Considering that the Chicago area gets pretty hot summers, I think that it is a plus that the coop is shaded in the afternoon. Summer heat tends to be a bigger risk for chickens than winter cold in the Great Lakes area. I've got my coop in the shade mostly.
  4. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    The shade is definately needed where I live this place is hotter than two hells with a lid on it.
  5. MnKHarden

    MnKHarden Out Of The Brooder

    Thanks guys, I thought I was going to have to buy them a tanning bed.
  6. Life is Good!

    Life is Good! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2011
    suburbia Chicagoland
    We're in the western 'burbs as well....

    Our coop and run are under two big 'ol Maple Trees (30+ feet tall). The leaves provide wonderful shade in the summertime and the lack of leaves provides some welcome sun in the winter season. Trouble this year has been such a warm spring, the leaves aren't yet out so the coop is warmer than I'd like it to be. But the girls are all doing fine with it!

    The only challenge was trying to get the leaves raked up in the run - maple leaves are big! We put 'em all in a big heap and let the girls have a blast with it! Worked fine. They had entertainment, we didn't have so many leaves to use on the garden beds. We'll see if the garden does ok with that!

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