Improvements to chicken tunnel/ladder to 2nd floor coop


11 Years
Mar 24, 2008
Salt Lake City / Sugarhood
Some of you may have seen the photos of the chicken ladder to the coop located in a corner of the second floor of my barn.

Here's what it used to look like:

In the past month, my architect boyfriend and I improved it. The raised bed directly below the coop is my primary garden bed this year, so we needed a way to get the chickens over to the second bed without letting them roam into the garden. We ended up reinstalling the chicken ladder affixed to the side of the building, and creating a chicken tunnel to connect the bottom of the ladder to their run.

Here's a video of the improved chicken tunnel (chunnel):

It took some training for the chickens to learn how to use the ladder, in particular. We used treats (they know the word treat) held out in front of them, as high as we could reach from the ground, and then the second person would promise more treats from inside the coop. It took about 8-10 times up and down the ladder to train them.
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11 Years
May 9, 2008
That's funny!! It reminds me of when I was first married and we lived on the second floor. We built a ramp for our cats to come in and out of the kitchen window.

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