Chicken ramps/laders

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Anny, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. Anny

    Anny Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    What do you use to help your chickens get out of the coop, ladders, stairs, ramps? Which is better?

    Do you have pictures?

    at what angle should things to places, how far apart should ladder steps be?
  2. Check the link below to my home page! Our chicks used the ramp there from 2 weeks onwards...very successful.

    We also use bales of hay as intermediate jumping spots because we know the girls will be big and we don't want them hurting a foot or leg.
  3. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    I use a ramp with little 'rungs' or steps on it. The ramps are plywood over the top of supporting strips of lumber on each side.

    The 'rungs' are strips of wood about 1x1 nailed or screwed every several inches horzontally across the ramp to act as foot holds for the chickens.

    In my experience, the ramps can be flat or steep, long or short, but the shorter/steeper the ramp, the closer together the rungs need to be. Also, with a really steep ramp you may have to 'train' the chickens to go up. We would put the chicken on the ramp near the bottom and then use our hands to block the sides and sort of 'shoo' the chicken up the ramp a few times.

    Once they figured out it was OK, they have no problems. Down was never a problem, BTW - it was always up that they were less than enthusiastic.

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