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Just built a new coop and am looking at pics of ramps people made with little pieces of wood going across them so the chickens don't slide down. I am using a piece of a pine 1x12 for the ramp and thought about just using my circular saw to cut some slots in it about 1/8 of an inch deep across it for grip does this seem like a good idea or is it better to put pieces of wood across it?

post #2 of 9

pieces of wood.

 

and  1x12 is too wide, IMO.  will have allot of cupping.  if it cups the wrong way, it will hold moisture.


Edited by Tumbling K - 1/22/16 at 4:02am
post #3 of 9

the grooves are too small I believe. They won't be able to grip it. Think of a chook as a drunk. their feet are not that good at gripping a 1 eight slot.

post #4 of 9

the slots need to be like at least a quarter wide, and a LOT of them., I mean a LOT

post #5 of 9

IMO cleats or pieces of wood would be best. Space about 4" apart.

 

See this thread, they only had grooves and were having trouble, converted to cleats and things are much better.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1073961/brahma-cant-get-into-or-out-of-coop

post #6 of 9
Grooves will be filled with mud in no time.

Strips of wood on plank would work, or cut wide openings, like ladder.
Edited by ECBW - 1/22/16 at 9:03am
post #7 of 9

Example of a ramp with randomly placed cleats, so the chickens can pick and choose their grips. You can prop a crate at the end to reduce the slope.

 

 

Adjust the slope of the ramp as the chickens get older and stronger to climb up and down.

 

post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by graggy View Post
 

Just built a new coop and am looking at pics of ramps

A good rule of thumb in a perfect world:

Make your ramp twice as long as the drop which would give you a 6/12 pitch and an angle of 22.5º.

"A 4x4 block attached to the end of your ramp to make a step up will do a lot to reduce the slope also."

Hope this helps,

Check out this link leads to a Video interview on me and my grand daughter done by a local TV Station on our WHITE HOMING PIGEON loft:

http://globalnews.ca/news/1478351/carrier-pigeons-continue-to-connect-family/

If you are not living for something;

You are dying for nothing.

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Hope this helps,

Check out this link leads to a Video interview on me and my grand daughter done by a local TV Station on our WHITE HOMING PIGEON loft:

http://globalnews.ca/news/1478351/carrier-pigeons-continue-to-connect-family/

If you are not living for something;

You are dying for nothing.

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post #9 of 9
Here is what the ramp inside our coop looks like...

2 Buff Orpingtons, 4 Black Sex Links,. 1 Golden Retriever, 1 "old man" cat and 2 Betta.
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2 Buff Orpingtons, 4 Black Sex Links,. 1 Golden Retriever, 1 "old man" cat and 2 Betta.
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