Coops under trees?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by cresty, Feb 4, 2007.

  1. cresty

    cresty Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 26, 2007
    I read in a book not to place your coop too close to trees because the ticks lay eggs in tree bark and could infest your coop and birds. I hate ticks!!!! How far away from trees should I place the coop? I live in NC and am surrounded by pine trees (a tick's heaven!).

  2. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    My chickens eat ticks. But I would be more concerned about lightening. Pine trees are lightening rods and actually attract lightening.

  3. poppycat

    poppycat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2007
    I'd say go ahead and put your coop by the trees. In the summer it will be shady, which your chickens will appreciate. No one's situation is absolutely perfect, so you just have to work with what you have.
  4. chooky2005

    chooky2005 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 30, 2007
    im not sure about putting a whole coop under trees...but i do move my quail house under the trees in winter because i noticed less dew falls on it so then in the morning theres no ice on it ........
  5. cajunlizz

    cajunlizz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2008
    Lafayette, Louisiana
    My dh moved our 6 ft. chicken cage under a HUGE PECAN tree . plenty of shade . Except the front of the cage faces the EAST . The chicks are about 4 to 5 weeks old . Naturally we will be protecting them when it rains and OR cold . BUT we are from South Louisiana , and NOT to very cold here .

    Is this ok ?
    Last edited: May 9, 2008
  6. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 22, 2007
    Morganton, NC
    All of my coops are under trees. Coolest spot around during a Humid Carolina Summer.

  7. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Both of my coops have been under trees for a couple of years, no tick problem here.
  8. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    Since I don't live in the East I can't address the tick issue. I know people here in the mountains (where we do have ticks) put their coops under trees.

    The biggest concern here is that predators will climb the trees and get down into the run and birds of prey will use the trees to land and pick out a chicken to take.

    I know the chickens would love the shade - especially in those hot summers.
  9. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    All of my coops are under trees, works out great with the southern heat and humidity.
  10. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2007
    Northern California
    Our coops are near but not quite under them.

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