How much sunshine do chickens need? The area where I am planning on putting my new coop gets direct sunlight until about 11:00 each day. Then the rest of the area is in shade from the house. With the heat in New Orleans, that's not a bad idea, but I don't know if it's enough sunlight. It's still pretty bright there - my Dad had a garden in that area, but did mostly grow leafy veggies. Since I'm in a city, with lots rather small, I don't have anyplace else to put it. Well, I do have one other area, but that one gets about 4" of water with every rain, which on average, is about once a month. It drains quickly, but the run would be wet for several hours.