Placement of coop: sun vs. shade!?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ear019, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. ear019

    ear019 Out Of The Brooder

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    Being in south Texas where the heat index gets well over 100 degrees, I would think having the coop in the shade would be best. From what I have read, it is discouraged because trees can fall on it and predators can try to get in that way. Any suggestions? I know horses, not chickens. [​IMG]


    -Liz
     
  2. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    Columbus,IN
    [​IMG] I personally say shade.... If your coop is secure then you "shouldnt" have predator problems.. My birds are not doing weel in this heat, I can only imagine how bad it is in texas... I say shade all the way....
     
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I agree with CoopCrazy- shade's the way to go. And I'm in Seattle. 55*F and cloudy right now. Furnace is on.

    Imp
     
  4. oldchickenlady

    oldchickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 9, 2010
    Cabot, AR
    Must have shade! You can predator proof your coop/run.
     
  5. E.G.Glayer

    E.G.Glayer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agreed Shade It Is! Unless you just have trees falling down every day at your place.
     
  6. ear019

    ear019 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks everyone! Thats what we were thinking. We are thinking of a spot between to large tree (both healthy and not looking like falling anytime soon). There isn't much grass, but isn't completely dirt either. I have read a lot of people have them on sand. It's alright to have them on grass?

    -Liz
     
  7. E.G.Glayer

    E.G.Glayer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes but it wont be grass for long. They love it.
     
  8. ear019

    ear019 Out Of The Brooder

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    Another thing.. I'll have their feeder and waterer inside, but do I need to have another waterer outside or will they go in if they need a drink?
     
  9. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In hot weather, it's good to put up multiple watering stations, all in the shade, if possible. Dehydration is a serious problem, deadly even, in extreme heat. You want to make it as easy as possible for your birds to get water, and make it so they don't have to walk far. If you build a conventional closed coop, it will likely be hotter in there than outside, so your chickens will avoid going in there, and their water will get warm quickly, which tends not only to make them drink less but doesn't cool their bodies down when they do drink, either.
     
  10. nuts4hotwheels

    nuts4hotwheels Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am Kemah, TX close to Houston. I have mine under a tree to help with the heat and give them frozen water bottles.
     

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