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Chicks & Coop off ground

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Land of Lost Toys, Jun 23, 2010.

  1. Land of Lost Toys

    Land of Lost Toys In the Brooder

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    I'm getting ahead of myself on this one as my first broody is on eggs now, but I need to be prepared for when they hatch. I did not move my broody because she's top hen and she has no desire to leave the box she picked. I feel good that she can protect the chicks once hatched and figured the integration with the other hens would be much better this way, so I left her there.

    Here's my dilemma: The coop is off the ground with a ramp. How do I protect the chicks once they are running around in the coop from falling out of the coop? I need to leave the door open with the ramp for the other 2 hens to get to the run because it's too hot to leave them inside. Any ideas? Ramp with railing? I have no clue, but at least I have a few weeks to figure it out. Anyone have a set up this way who raised chicks?
     

  2. SmartyChick

    SmartyChick An Official Milkmaid

    Oct 19, 2009
    Sullivan County NY
    Yes, my coop was off the ground and we had a ramp going to the pen, momma showed the babies the ramp, some fell off, but soon learned. As long as its not several feet off the ground I wouldn't be concerned. [​IMG] Happy hatching!
     
  3. Thomas423

    Thomas423 Songster

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    We added siderails to our ramp. Nothing fancy, just strips of 2x4's.
     

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