Originally Posted by Bryant Redhawk
You may be exactly right on the money. Think of it this way, would you jump down a hole that didn't seem to have a bottom?
On my grandparents farm, way back when when dirt was just being formed. I was tasked to lengthen the trap door entrance/exit of their above ground coop. I was told that some of the hens couldn't see the light and wouldn't leave. The solution was to make the "door" longer so they could see the ground beyond the ramp. It was not hard to make the fix and the balking hens never had any stuck inside problems ever again.
Looking back I totally wish we designed the coop different! It definitely kills the available floor space, but it does do a good job keeping wind and snow out in the winter months. I like the idea of making the door opening longer, I will try to do that. I will also build a new ramp that's maybe a lighter color with better footing so that they can actually see it better. The ramp now is all weather worn and blends rather nicely into the ground color. These are great ideas, thanks everyone!
I made my "trap door" ramp very long to begin with- 3 feet long, 10"wide, and it only rises 18" or so ...... the chickens had no reservations going up or down ..... I was looking at the coop a couple of weeks ago and realized they were not using over half of the opening ....... "wasted floor space" ..... so I covered half of it..... it did not bother them a bit. They are in the habit of going up and down there, and when I lower the door in the morning, the only isssue is when all 9 of them try to race each other to breakfast ......
Seems to me that you could make the thing longer until the 2 with reservations got into the habit....... and then put it back the way it is now.......