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Brahma cant get into or out of coop

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Megsswm, Jan 16, 2016.

  1. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    I meant on the upper end...I don't see a door or roost.

    Cleats would give better grip for birds, make them feel more secure....and grip tape will eventually be covered in poop.
     
  2. Megsswm

    Megsswm Out Of The Brooder

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    Upper end is the opening to coop..... Has a piece of fabric hanging over like a curtain ... Cut in middle so they go thru and can see either side. She doesn't seem afraid of it . Doesn't even get close enough to test it out.
     
  3. Megsswm

    Megsswm Out Of The Brooder

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  4. Megsswm

    Megsswm Out Of The Brooder

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    I coaxed her up ramp so I know she can do it
    And she eventually instead of trying tamp down just jumped and flew
     
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    Megsswm Out Of The Brooder

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  6. Megsswm

    Megsswm Out Of The Brooder

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    That is the inside of the roost not high at all
     
  7. Megsswm

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    This is put coop run set up... They have a quarter acre pen behind to range in .
     
  8. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    The angle of that ramp is pretty steep, and it seems to be a bit narrow as well. Looks like she barely fits through that opening, as well. The 2x4 narrow side up probably isn't very comfortable for her larger feet, and it's fairly low. It looks like the inside of that coop is large enough for you to add a few wider roosts that will accommodate her jumbo size better.
     
  9. azygous

    azygous Overrun With Chickens

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    And she's not even full grown yet. Brahmas seem to be aware of their ponderous size even before they reach full size. There's a big brain in that huge head, too, so it's not a matter of lack of smarts. They can injure their legs, break toe nails off, and incur foot injuries from trying to jump off high places. All that has happened with my Brahmas. They are heavy and lack the athletic grace to counter it.

    They like low perches, and hate steep ramps. That ramp up to the tree coop is much too long and steep for a Brahma's taste. They would much prefer to be lifted up. Or ride up in an elevator. They're royalty. didn't-cha know? Just kidding.

    You could try adding cleats to the ramp, and I would add side rails, too, enough so a heavy bodied Brahma doesn't feel like she's going to be dragged off the ramp by the force of gravity.

    Where a high coop like yours would present little or no problem to most regular breeds, Brahmas are going to resist it. Letting her have an Igloo dog house to sleep in isn't an impractical solution if all else fails.
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Thought it looked a little narrow too.......and in this pic it looks like it gets narrower at the top?
     

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