coop ramp idea

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by watchdogps, Jul 14, 2011.

  1. watchdogps

    watchdogps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I found some old wooden window shutters in our barn. They are just the right length to make a 45 degree angled ramp. Would these work? I'm thinking I'd set them upside down so the slats are facing up for a better toehold.
     
  2. chickenbythesea

    chickenbythesea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sounds good to me... pretty sure they can climb anything as long as there's grip... if you have to just add some wood strips up the shutter for grip.
     
  3. citychickx6

    citychickx6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like a good find to me!
    I would do the slats up for the toe hold as you planned.
     
  4. watchdogps

    watchdogps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I asked someone I am getting some of my chickens from and she said she had the same idea, but after three hens got their toes caught and she found them dangling from the ramp, she quit using it. So, the answer is NO! It's not a good idea!
    I may try to break every other slat out so the spacing is too big to catch toes.
     
  5. NanaLantana

    NanaLantana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What's up with ramps? Chickens can jump and hop into a small opened door space. I don't bother with ramps - --
     
  6. watchdogps

    watchdogps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dont know. I'm a novice and it seems to be in every coop. My chickens door is a little over 3 ft from the ground though, and they are bantams, so I'm thinking its a good idea.
     
  7. Tool

    Tool Out Of The Brooder

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    I did this. But I have 2 ft to gain. Plus I added places for them to roost and bask in the sun.

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    It was built from scrap wood just laying around plus lots of paint
     
  8. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Well, my first thought was "shutters - what a great idea." Then the getting a toe caught thing came up, and I can visualize that happening, due to the slats... Hmmm... [​IMG] Scrap wood does work just fine for ramps...I covered a board in scrap shingle material for one of my ramps, and didn't even have to fool with the 'steps' going up, as it's very grippable.
     
  9. ashleylancaster

    ashleylancaster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You Could Probley Use The Shutters. If There Are 2 Just Take Some Of The Boards Off Of One And Put Over To Slants Where They Get Their Feet Stuck. They Way Ur Still Recycling The Wood And They Still Have Steps To Get Up Without Getting Stuck.
     

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