Chicken Entrance.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by brwneggs, Jul 2, 2010.

  1. brwneggs

    brwneggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For the chickens to enter their coop, do they have to have a gang plank down to the ground? Or can it be up a few inches and they hop up?
    What is best for Isa Browns, or any chicken?
    Thank you.

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  2. 95yj

    95yj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if its only a few inches from the ground they ca, and will, just jump, if its higher you can give them a ramp but they may or may not use it. Bantams often prefer to fly up, as do some standards. but its good to give them to option.
     
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    They don't need the ramp if the entrance isn't very high off the ground. I just think it's adorable to watch the procession up the ramp into the coop at dusk.
     
  4. brwneggs

    brwneggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for your reply. I may put it a few inches up so I can move the chicken tractor easier.
     
  5. darkmatter

    darkmatter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chicken door is hinged at the bottom and forms the ramp when open (See pics on my BYC page). I learned to put a couple bolts at the top of the door/bottom of the ramp to set on a block when open to prevent wood rot. (it's the second door made, first was a learning experience)
     
  6. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    My pop door is about one foot off the ground and about 12" square. They have no problems hopping up. I normally let them into the run at about 7 weeks old, so I know chickens this old and older have no problems with this arrangement.
     
  7. brwneggs

    brwneggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like that idea. I have a chicken mobile. I may have to do that. Others sent me some excellent ways to put the door up. Thnak you
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  8. darkmatter

    darkmatter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just be sure to tack a strip of inner-tube rubber over the hinge area-----it prevents chicken poo from caking up and jamming the hinge action. It flexes each time the door shuts and "pops off the poo" (How often do you get to use the phrase "pops off the poo" in a sentence)
     
  9. superchemicalgirl

    superchemicalgirl HEN PECKED

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    Also if you do the ramp that swings down and also closes the coop up at night you should really think about painting or otherwise weatherproofing the ramp. I have one of these and when it's been raining all day the wood swells and getting the coop shut at night is a pain.
    I'm planning on putting polyurethane on mine this weekend.
     
  10. darkmatter

    darkmatter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Agree with superchemicalgirl, I painted mine and it's trimmed undersized enough to seat when closed.
     

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