How much direct sunlight should chickens have max.?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by horsegirl1789, Aug 6, 2013.

  1. horsegirl1789

    horsegirl1789 New Egg

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    Hi! I am hopefully getting some laying hens to put in our backyard. We live in Southern California. The place where we would probably put the chickens gets quite a bit direct sunlight from 11am or noon on. Is that ok?? We will have a run and a coop. But it can get hot in California?? I don't want to get chickens and then fry them from the sun or the heat!!!!!! We really need some good advice!! Thanks!!
     
  2. Whittni

    Whittni Overrun With Chickens

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    If you can plant bushes and trees with them or get a tarp, large piece of plywood or roof on the run, heat without shade isn't good for chickens.
     
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  3. horsegirl1789

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    So a plywood roof would prevent the heat correct?
     
  4. Whittni

    Whittni Overrun With Chickens

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    From my experience, yes. Last year, I did a petting zoo and that's what they gave me, a chicken pen with a big piece of plywood on the top...I think I have a picture. Also keep an eye out for direct sunlight of the sides of runs too because the plywood won't always provide shade.

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  5. 4 the Birds

    4 the Birds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Plenty of SHADE will help keep things cool along with open ventilation. Any cover over most of the run is advised to ensure shade. Areas of direct sunlight are great to keep things dry and if the birds want to sunbathe.

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  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I agree, plywood roof or even a tarp does well. They'll need shade, your heat would be too much for them. Lots of ventilation in the coop, also.
     

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