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How can I keep the baby chicks from falling off ramp?

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
My house is 2ft off ground so my ramp is high at the top I have roof shingle on it to keep them from slipping but everynight when momma hen goes in house 2-3 babys get stuck out cause they fall off side of ramp, what can I use to keep them from falling off thank you
post #2 of 5

Decrease the angle of the ramp (make it longer) and add some cleats (strips of wood) across the width of the board to help with traction.

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
Thanks I can't make it longer, but I can add some strip of wood not sure if that would help cause they go off on side of ramp could I use some small strip of rabbit wire along side of ramp like make a railing they fall off when they get half way up so I won't put it all the way down the bottom, well this work to? Thank you!!
post #4 of 5

How old are the chicks?

Mama should make sure they come in, but I had the same problem...kept them in the coop until chicks were older, put a smaller ramp in their are to 'practice' on.

 

You can reduce the angle of a ramp by raising the low end of it onto a concrete block set tall-wise(16") add a ramp from ground to block for chicks,

but by 2-3 weeks they should be able to fly up it.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply
post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 
The chicks are a week old, I went out tonight to check on them they were all in the house with mommy! So maybe they getting the hang of it lol thanks for your info! smile.png
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