Daylight and egg laying

twinmama09

Hatching
5 Years
Apr 26, 2014
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Stevensville, MD
I know chickens need a certain amount of daylight hours, but I'm wondering about how much sun they need. We put our coup and run between a shed and our 6ft privacy fence, our backyard is very shaded so they will only have a few hours of direct sunlight a day. I want to make sure that they'll get enough light to lay and be healthy.
 

azygous

Crossing the Road
10 Years
Dec 11, 2009
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Colorado Rockies
Chickens absorb vitamin D through their feathers. This is why they take such pleasure in lolling with a wing spread in a ray of sunlight, appearing to all the world as having been recently killed.

If they get at least a couple hours a day of direct sunlight, that's probably adequate. I'm sure they'd take even more if you provided it.
 
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