Coop ramp angle?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by FourFussyHens, Aug 7, 2008.

  1. FourFussyHens

    FourFussyHens Out Of The Brooder

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    I am building a new chicken coop for my four girls.

    It is about 3 feet off the ground (to help foil raccoons and opossums). I need to add a ramp from the pop door to the ground.

    What is the steepest angle I could use that the girls wouldn't have trouble negotiating? The ramp will be plywood covered with sanded roofing shingles for traction.

    All thoughts welcome.

    Sue
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I wouldn't go more than 45 degrees.
     
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I agree, not too steep or they'll slide when it's wet or they poop on it. I would not use roofing shingles as traction unless the stuff is sanded down ALOT. That can cause bumblefoot infections when staff germs get in the abrasions.
     
  4. Cruiser

    Cruiser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My coop is about the same hight as yours. I just used a 8' 2x6 with furring strips every 12" & my chickens don't have any problems.
     

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