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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by rebecca10782, Nov 26, 2008.
Just curious, ours never did. They just fly up, so we took the ramp out.
My silkies use theirs
Yes mine do, but I have tubby orpingtons and they don't fly much anyhow. They run (or walk) up the ramp. If something scares them though they leap and flutter to try and get inside faster.
3 of my hens love the ramp 2 of them never touch it, they just flap up into the coop and out of it.
Ours love theirs and have been using it since they were 2 weeks old. Two planks with little cross bars every 6 inches, rising from the floor up three feet. Today they all flowed up the ramp to a platform, streamed out through their pop door to the outdoor platform, saw new snow, followed the leader back into the pop door, across flat area and down the ramp. They repeated this four times before someone discovered that you could drink the new snow. So they jumped down on two hay bales in the run and I've barely seen them since.
Some use it, some don't. I have a 2x4 roost attached to the outside of the coop next to the pop door, so in nice weather they all hang out there as well as along the ramp to preen before going in for the night. I have, however, found the ramp crucial for the entry/exit of chicks that are not yet able to coordinate flying up/down at that height.
Oliver and my hens don't have a ramp but Leo uses his everytime. His bachelor pad door is actually a window 3 feet off the ground, so he doesn't have much choice.
Mine prefer steps they can hop onto one at a time.
We have a ramp and everyone uses it. Fun to watch them line up and push when the lead chook is slow to go inside!!
Mine have found other added uses for the ramp not just getting into the coop.