sunshine needs?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by trails14, Mar 29, 2009.

  1. trails14

    trails14 New Egg

    Mar 29, 2009
    How much sun do chickens need?

    I have a suburban home and have a dog run-like space along the side of the house that i fantasize aould be a chicken run. It does not get much sun, especially in the winter. I live in the central valley of CA, so nite temps get to freezing but not usually below, and day temps in the winter are variable but usually 50-60s. it is zone 8 on the hardiness map.

    Your thoughts?
    Thank you!
  2. gpamela3499

    gpamela3499 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2009
    Near San Fran Ca
    You might try going to the managing your flock thread there is some useful information there.
    Sorry I can't help
    I would rather direct you to those who can.
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    I'm not an expert on this one, but I'd think you'd be fine with the run you are talking about. I don't know that chickens need a lot of direct sunlight. They need the fresh air and the space. They would be better off in your run in the winter than a lot of flocks that, due to climate, don't get outside much at all in the winter. And they will appreciate the shade in the summer. I say, go for it.

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