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post #11 of 15

I've never understood the reason for a ramp at all. They fly up to nest boxes and fly up to their roosts. Most can easily hop/fly up high enough to gain entry to a pop door. You may need an exposed perch/landing spot for them at the threshold entry point,  but they can do fine without a ramp.

 

Also, if a bird can walk up a ramp to get to the door, a varmint can too. Most varmints can't fly, so that leaves them on the ground looking up......and wishing they could fly.

post #12 of 15
My birds need no stinkin ramps. I have one but they choose to hop to the top.

Silkies are a different story. They can have 2" vertical and will need ramp with threads.
Edited by ECBW - 5/18/16 at 8:03am
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Originally Posted by Howard E View Post

I've never understood the reason for a ramp at all. They fly up to nest boxes and fly up to their roosts. Most can easily hop/fly up high enough to gain entry to a pop door. You may need an exposed perch/landing spot for them at the threshold entry point,  but they can do fine without a ramp.

Also, if a bird can walk up a ramp to get to the door, a varmint can too. Most varmints can't fly, so that leaves them on the ground looking up......and wishing they could fly.
That greatly depends on the breed of your bird and the size of the area in question. Breeds meant for meat cannot fly at all. Also if your space is limited, even the more able breeds have difficulty flying up. My Barr Rocks and Easter Eggers can fly fairly well but the have plenty of space to do it. My Red Rangers need a ramp to get up 3 feet, may at some point not be able to even jump the 2 feet.
post #14 of 15

My birds are still juveniles but I'm trying steps instead of ramps. My poop tray/roosts are 32". I made a chicken step that I screwed to the wall half way between the floor of the coop. Takes up way less room and has worked perfectly so far. We'll see how it goes once they are full grown. I plan to make a step for the pop hole as well once they begin to venture outside.

 

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Our coop build thread...

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1088771/cheryls-hen-house

 

1Peter 5:2 Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God.

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Our coop build thread...

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1088771/cheryls-hen-house

 

1Peter 5:2 Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God.

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