Could they figure out a porch?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by dirtybug, Sep 22, 2009.

  1. dirtybug

    dirtybug Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 20, 2008
    Chester Co. PA
    the title doesn't really tell the story so..... I'm building a coop and the way I have it set I'd like to have a small 1'x1' porch outside the chicken door then a ramp down 3' to the ground. The girls would have to walk out the door and make a left turn to go down the ramp. could they figure it out? I'm picturing a confused chicken standing on the ledge then being pushed off by the next one [​IMG]
  2. NellaBean

    NellaBean Graceland Farms

    Mar 4, 2009
    Broodyland, TN
    My Coop
    My chickens would have no problem figuring it out. I have gotten to where I leave the coop locked up during the day....with the pop door going into the small run down the hill on the side left open...and the run gate left open. The chickens have figured out that to get into the coop, they have to go down the hill and into the open run and up the ramp to the pop door.

    Of course, keep in mind, if they take too long going out the pop door and down the ramp they do get shoved off anyways [​IMG]
  3. wildorchid053

    wildorchid053 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2009
    syracuse area, ny
    we moved our ramp while we painted and they just flew up the 3' into the pop door hole with no problem and back out again. piece of cake to them
  4. dirtybug

    dirtybug Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 20, 2008
    Chester Co. PA
    Quote:Good to know! I'll continue building and hope for the best.
  5. insiderart

    insiderart Obviously Insane

    Apr 30, 2009
    Eventually even all the silkies have learned the ramp. Eventually....
  6. edselpdx

    edselpdx Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 10, 2008
    Portland, OR
    Mine negotiate a "porch" and turn to the ramp easily. Or flap straight down from the porch if they're in a hurry. It took them a few days to figure it out, as it was a change when I put it that way.
  7. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

    Jul 7, 2007
    Middle TN
    My newest coop has a foot wide front porch. The chickens seem to love it. I find them lined up on it all the time. It's about 2 feet off the ground and they have no problems reaching it. The only problem for me is that it gets poopy and has to be scraped and hosed off periodically.
  8. dirtybug

    dirtybug Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 20, 2008
    Chester Co. PA
    I'm sure its been discused by I havent found anything that talks about how steep the ramp can be. I know they can fly a bit but is there a general rule?
  9. mdbokc

    mdbokc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 22, 2009
    Oklahoma County, OK
    Same angle as a set of stairs works. Just eyeball it is fine. My ramp is not attached to anything as I just set one end of the 'porch.'

    I have the porch (18" x 36"); the ramp goes up one end. The girls use the ramp and fly up and down, both ways
  10. Booswalia

    Booswalia Chillin' With My Peeps

    I set my ramp on a planter so they could get used to using it. Then I removed the planter and they had no problem adjusting to it.


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