1. jfoot3

    jfoot3 Hatching

    Mar 15, 2016
    Hi, building a new coop on a hill. I'm looking for ideas for ramps, or steps to get the chickens out of the coop ( nearly a 3.5 foot drop). I'm worried a simple ramp will be so ridiculously long. Thanks!

  2. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Crowing

    Dec 6, 2012
    New Brunswick,Canada
    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." Where you coop is on a slope you have that to take into consideration in the design.
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2016
  3. scooter147

    scooter147 Songster

    Jul 30, 2008
    I agree with Hokum.

    I would put a stump, concrete block or some other type of "step" at the end of the ramp so that it doesn't have to be so long.

    I would say 18 inches if not 2 feet step at the end of the ramp is fine. I haven't meet a chicken yet that can't jump that high.

    Also most chickens don't start at the bottom of the ramp anyway they jump up onto the ramp at 1/4 or 1/2 way up.
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