1. graggy

    graggy Out Of The Brooder

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    Just built a new coop and am looking at pics of ramps people made with little pieces of wood going across them so the chickens don't slide down. I am using a piece of a pine 1x12 for the ramp and thought about just using my circular saw to cut some slots in it about 1/8 of an inch deep across it for grip does this seem like a good idea or is it better to put pieces of wood across it?
     
  2. Tumbling K

    Tumbling K Overrun With Chickens

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    pieces of wood.

    and 1x12 is too wide, IMO. will have allot of cupping. if it cups the wrong way, it will hold moisture.
     
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  3. GodofPecking

    GodofPecking Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the grooves are too small I believe. They won't be able to grip it. Think of a chook as a drunk. their feet are not that good at gripping a 1 eight slot.
     
  4. GodofPecking

    GodofPecking Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the slots need to be like at least a quarter wide, and a LOT of them., I mean a LOT
     
  5. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  6. ECBW

    ECBW Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Grooves will be filled with mud in no time.

    Strips of wood on plank would work, or cut wide openings, like ladder.
     
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  7. yellowchicks

    yellowchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Example of a ramp with randomly placed cleats, so the chickens can pick and choose their grips. You can prop a crate at the end to reduce the slope.

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    Adjust the slope of the ramp as the chickens get older and stronger to climb up and down.

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  8. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    A good rule of thumb in a perfect world:
    Make your ramp twice as long as the drop which would give you a 6/12 pitch and an angle of 22.5ยบ.
    "A 4x4 block attached to the end of your ramp to make a step up will do a lot to reduce the slope also."
     
  9. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is what the ramp inside our coop looks like...

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