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Chicken Care: Staying Cool in the Sweltering Heat There are fortunately several strategies that can be used to reduce the losses and significantly lessen or even eliminate the problem of heat stress entirely. Providing shade is a good place to start. A chicken coop built with access to the shade of several good trees is a definite advantage. A deciduous tree, which is one that looses its leaves seasonally, is the best choice because this allows more sunlight to reach the chicken coop when it needs it most in the winter months. Some trees are especially poultry friendly, including mulberry trees which provide extra nutrition from their falling fruits.