We are in the process of building our coop. Hubby is building the coop proper and I am in charge of the smaller parts (accessories, trim, feeders/waterers, ramp, etc.). Being preggo, I can't do much else at the moment lol!
So my question is about ramps. I originally planned on doing the standard-looking ramp with slats. See below for example (not my image - just borrowing).
But, the more I think about this type, the more I am dissatisfied with it. I know chickens like to hop/fly up to roosts and things, so why would they want to walk up a ramp? Also, I figure it is going to get severely mucky with all of them pooping on it all the time. While I am good at keeping things cleanly, I do not believe in making more opportunities for cleaning if it can be helped lol!
Here are my thoughts - I have seen people posting about a ladder-type ramp where it consists of branches going across two beams. I have also seen posts about a single or double "roost-bar" style setup where they can simply hop into the coop from it. I like these ideas, but I can't seem to find any good photos of this type of ramp. I want to get a good visual so I can build it. Anybody out there have this kind of thing or have a link to a good pic of one?
Also, any thoughts on the whole thing are welcome! I am down for ideas or opinions! Thanks all!