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I'm working on building a coop and my chicken door is about 26" off the ground(I have a raised coop).  How steep or at what angle should I make the chicken ramp?  I don't want them having trouble getting up and down the ramp.

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My pals: a white German Shepherd (Sugarbear), 2 German Shepherds (Elsa and Sophie), Akita/Lab (Panda), 2 Light Brahmas(Boo and Georgie),2 EE (Chirpy, June Bug) 1 Ameraucana (Pudgie) and 1 Jersey Giant (Betty).

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"The key to everything is patience.  You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it." - Arnold H. Glasow

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post #2 of 7

I can't help you on that one, my coop is dirt floor. I used a 4' stair riser for the ramp to the roost, but they fly up to the rabbit cages instead. I even hung the cages lower than the roost, but NOOOOOOO..... they don't use it. I go out at dark and move them to the roost and they fly down the next morning:he:he

post #3 of 7

Our ramps are around 45 deg. but I think they will adapt to ramp angle as long as it is not verticle.

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post #4 of 7

There's no set angle.  Make it so a dog could use it, or you.  Do put some type of grips on it of course...either pieces of wood or you can tack hardware cloth onto it...just something so they can grip onto it easily.

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Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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post #5 of 7
I was having the same question.. my coop is 3 feet off the ground and i have 6 feet on the ground for the ramp i think that gives me a 2/1 ratio... every 2 feet it will drop one foot.. would it be better to build a shorter steeper ramp or a longer less steep ramp?idunno.gif
post #6 of 7
As long as they have something to grip onto I dont think angle will matter much, just make it reasonable. Being only 26" from the ground, you could just build them a little platform that they have to jump onto to get into the coop?
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post #7 of 7

Or is yours are like mine they rarely use the ramp going in.  They like to get on the side of it and jump up nearly to the door entrance.  Coming out they seem to walk down it to the bottom unless they see me coming with the kitchen scrap bucket then Katie bar the door it's fly from the pop door to the gate. 

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