2nd story chicken coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Benfrog, Jun 1, 2016.

  1. Benfrog

    Benfrog New Egg

    Jun 1, 2016
    We are limited on space and I would like to build a 15 x 21 storage building with our chicken coop on the second story. I am planning to build a ramp on the outside of the building that would allow the chickens to climb up to the second story. Any advice on how steep the ramp can be? Or am I just crazy for thinking this would work? Any advice is welcome. PS: we are also considering getting ducks, would this change any design ideas?

  2. TalkALittle

    TalkALittle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2014
    Twice as long as it is high.
  3. eHuman

    eHuman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2016
    I agree with TalkALittle, a 30 degree (or less) incline will suffice. If the pop door is 10 foot above grade, you want to drop at a rate of 2 feet out for every one foot dropped, or a 20 foot ramp. Could be two 10 foot ramps with a platform in the middle.
  4. Benfrog

    Benfrog New Egg

    Jun 1, 2016
    Thank you for the responses. I was hoping for an answer like that so I can have one ramp running up one side of the building. Do you see any other potential issue with a second story coop with storage for garden tools and small farm equipment below? I think I will put in a poop chute so I can just shovel litter into a hole in floor that could go directly into my dump trailer.
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Chickens could fly part way up to bottom of ramp.
    Don't think ducks would want to go high, I think they like to be on the ground.....could ask in the duck forum.
  6. abqferreira

    abqferreira Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 14, 2010
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
    My first coop was like that, the first floor was the run, enclosed with plastic netting. There was a ramp in the middle that went up to the coop, where they had roosts and laying boxes. The ramp had a pull cord so they could be closed in at night. I called in my chicken palace, it was amazing!

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