Hi, We are planning to get 4 hens for our family to begin with(yes, we are chicks in this process). Currently we are siting our coop and run. We would really prefer to locate them nearer to our woods but that will leave them quite shaded throughout the day. It's not deep shade by any means but you would not consider it for growing much. I would call it a dappled sunlight. I have diligently searched your site and others and have not uncovered much on this question. Will this impact our birds negatively? We have enough land(surrounded by very tall trees, only sunlight in center) that we may be able to let them roam some in the daytime but we do not know yet about the safety or reasonability of that question yet either. Kinda gettin addicted and don't even have the birds yet!