Summer Shady chicken run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by bantyshanty, May 12, 2010.

  1. bantyshanty

    bantyshanty Oval Office Courier

    Oct 6, 2009
    S.W Pennsylvania
    Does anyone have a chicken run that gets virtually no sun in summer?

    We're building a 175 sq ft run out of a dog run on our property --chain link which we're covering with hardware cloth & we have a 4-sided hardware cloth & timber roof on it, 12 inches of gravel, 4 inches of sand, but it's all under trees like the rest of out property, so the sand doesn't dry out completely except during a 7-10 day dry spell --this is western PA.

    There will be covered shelters near the edges for the chickens to get out of rain, and the big coop at night, but they'll be in the shaded sand from May through September, with patches of sunlight coming in occasionally.
    Does anyone see a problem with this? The only place that sun shines all day is parts of the rood & parts of the driveway. Our run can't move & the trees can't be cut down.
  2. Kansaseq

    Kansaseq Prairie Wolf Farm Asylum

    Feb 12, 2009
    NE Kansas
    My pens are in heavy shade except early spring, winter, and fall. I don't like the fact that the ground doesn't get dried out as fast in wet weather, but it has worked out ok. It gets very hot here in the summer, and it's always at least 10 degrees cooler back in the coop/run area. It's not my ideal set up, but what I had to work with, so I made it work.
    Edited to ad that my birds are out free ranging in the full sunshine every day that the weather allows, so they do get plenty of sun.
    Last edited: May 12, 2010
  3. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Mine will be heavily shaded just about all day. My old run barely had any shade. Come winter when the trees are bare, it will have more sun.
  4. illegal avian

    illegal avian Cooped up

    Apr 21, 2010
    Third World, Texas
    No DIRECT sun, no problem. Your chickens will be fine.

  5. The two northern most pens only get minimal, late afternoon sunshine. The others, get morning & afternoon and yet another is shaded by a tree. I put my heaviest breeds (less heat tolerant) into the shadiest pens with the more heat-tolerant birds in the sunniest pens. There are now three deciduous trees surrounding the coop (two next to the waterfowl pens) and I've planted three vines on the southern most pens to help shade those. I have found chickens are a lot less heat tolerant than they are cold tolerant. I also found some shade cloth on eBay that I've been "watching."
  6. bantyshanty

    bantyshanty Oval Office Courier

    Oct 6, 2009
    S.W Pennsylvania
    Thanks everyone, I thought it would be the case that shade in summer is good. They do get free-range time in the afternoon when the kids play with them in the woods,
    so they can bask in the sunny patches if they want. I think they'll be happy to keep cool, no hosing down needed.

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