sunshine needs?

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

  1. trails14

    trails14 New Egg

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    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!
    M
     
  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 Chicken Obsessed

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    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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