so how much shade for a chicken is too much shade? where i am building my coop has a fair amount of shade, it still gets a few good hours of sun but not as much as other parts of my yard. i guess this could be good because it will keep it cool in the hot summer but i worry they will not lay much because they will not be in as much sun as if they are in other parts of the yard. where i am building the coop is on the north side of my yard. i think this will be okay but i am the kind of guy who worries a lot. i also plan on adding some clear led x-mas lights in the coop for winter but if needed i could just flip them on in the summer i guess. so what do you think? will it be okay and am i over reacting or should i be worried?