Wicked Gardener

In the Brooder
9 Years
Mar 30, 2010
33
0
32
Pleasant Hill, CA
My 7 wk olds have been in their coop full time for about 10 days. They have been getting themselves up in the morning and walking down their ramp to their run since day two, but they will not walk up the ramp to put themselves to bed or out of the rain. They huddle in the corner until I put them away. My husband built the "Garden Coop" featured in some of the BYC ads...The rungs are about 10 inches apart, so I'm wondering if I may need to add more ?
 

spotstealer

Songster
8 Years
Mar 11, 2011
279
3
109
Poynette, WI
What I did was put them on the ramp near the pop door, then sort of shushed them in. The third eveningI went out to do this, and they were already in on roost! I was so proud! now they come and go all day. I also have my ramp resting on a block so it isn't too steep.
 

krissteff

Songster
8 Years
May 2, 2011
189
10
103
Tennessee
probably wouldn't hurt to add more. maybe it's a little slippery for them in between the rungs?

my ramp was a little steep at first and my chicks wouldn't use it. I made it less steep and they hop all over it now.
 

Wicked Gardener

In the Brooder
9 Years
Mar 30, 2010
33
0
32
Pleasant Hill, CA
Thanks...I think first thing in the morning I will put some kind of block under the ramp to make it not so steep and see how they do. I've never witnessed the coming out in the morning, so I'm assuming they are just "flying" down and avoiding the ramp all together!
 

underground chickenman

Songster
10 Years
May 30, 2009
562
9
131
Orlando, Florida
If adjusting the ramp doesn't work and if the coop is big enough, lock them in it without access to the outside for a week or so and then let them out again. They may not yet recognize it as home and that's why they don't return to it.
 

monica.stromberg

In the Brooder
8 Years
Mar 31, 2011
47
1
22
What time are you expecting them to go in? Mine are about that age, I sit in a chair and talk to them and when it is almost dark they go in themselves. Seems to me 40 minutes after the sun actually goes down-

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"Poultry in Motion!"
 

Dogfish

Rube Goldberg incarnate
9 Years
Mar 17, 2010
1,922
13
161
Western Washington
Have a picture of your ramp? Is it ladder style or a ramp with treads? Might be too steep, but without pics it is hard to diagnose.
 

bryan99705

Songster
8 Years
May 16, 2011
1,470
12
131
North Pole, Alaska 99705
Maybe you need to add more cross pieces to the ramp as well as shallow out the angle. Think about their short little legs trying to get traction. They are still trying to get those feet to go where they want and the legs to support them. Or maybe they would respond better to a ladder style entry instead a ranp. By the way, how wide is the ramp? Maybe that's part of their issue.
 

AlienChick

Crowing
Apr 9, 2010
2,917
120
251
Glasgow, KY
It might be that the ramp is just too steep for them to feel comfortable.

My ramp is just an old piece of siding I used for the coop building.
There are no slats on it, so I had to put a cinder block underneath it so the slope is not too steep.


 

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