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do chickens need a ramp?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Terrie Mac, Aug 7, 2011.

  1. Terrie Mac

    Terrie Mac Out Of The Brooder

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    I have standard chickens that are getting big. They don't have a ramp to the coop but get in by jumping onto a plank that's about half the distance, then jumping into the coop. They seem to be doing okay so far but will it get harder for them as they grow? Should we build a ramp? The coop door is about 4 feet off the ground.
     
  2. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

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    I think going up is okay, but it's coming down that may eventually cause them problems. The heavier bird, the harder the landing. They're not the most graceful...[​IMG]
     
  3. greenegglover

    greenegglover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would have a ramp if its more than a foot and a half. Their tendons/muscles in there legs can get hurt in that high of a jump. For their sake I would be building it and installing it tonight!
     
  4. Terrie Mac

    Terrie Mac Out Of The Brooder

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    So glad I asked-- thanks for the replies! I've noticed the ladies getting a little klutzy lately. We also have a small little dirt area I call "the chicken terrace" that's about 4 foot high off the run, a chair, and a couple of 2' pots. So basically they do a lot of jumping up and down off of things throughout the day.
     
  5. mochicken

    mochicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My young poults have different ideas on how to get in and out of their coop, some fly in and out and some walk ever so carefully down and up the ramp all while watching the ground like they are on the empire state building lol. I am guessing when they get older they will use the ramp a bit more.
     
  6. HappyChickenLover

    HappyChickenLover Chillin' With My Peeps

    yep, for layers i would, they get too fat and lazy. but now if u got game make them jump, they love it
     
  7. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    Mine would. I have a couple that can not fly very high, my 2 heaviest breeds(brahma&cochin). I use a ramp both sides of the run door leading to outside. It's working out well and it was easy to make.
     
  8. Inadalou

    Inadalou New Egg

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    Mine uses a ramp to go up on their roost which is 4 feet high. They also use the ramp when getting down but some would jump off when they reach halfway down the ramp.
     
  9. MareeZoCool

    MareeZoCool Chillin' With My Peeps

    The door of my coop lowers to the ground. My rooster seems to prefer the ride as to jumping 4 feet to the ground.
     

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