Ladder Advice

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by lovemy6hens, Aug 1, 2014.

  1. lovemy6hens

    lovemy6hens Songster

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    Our coop setup worked well until a couple of weeks ago when our dear Lucy decided to roost backward. This would be fine but Lucy claims the spot at the top of the ladder, leaving unpleasant gifts for me to clean up every morning. We haven't built a permanent ladder yet, so we tried moving it and she still claims the spot at the top of the ladder. We considered leaving a gap at the top of the ladder, but that seems like a broken leg waiting to happen. I've tried turning her around, but that hasn't worked either.

    I've included a photo of part of the interior of our coop, complete with evidence of Lucy's sweet dreams. The waterer in the photo appears to be right under Lucy's spot, but is actually out of the way. The coop is 8x8 with an attached 8x10 run. We have 7 hens.

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  2. ECBW

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    Ladder is unecessary. My roosts range from 18" to 24" above the floor. My birds just hop on and off.
     
  3. vehve

    vehve The Token Finn

    How about raising the roost a bit, so that it's a bit higher than the top of the ladder. That should make the roost more appealing. Also, is your roost wide enough? Perhaps she has problems balancing on it.
     
  4. lovemy6hens

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    Removing the ladder is a great suggestion! Their roost is 36" off the ground. Would that make a difference? They are all standard breeds.
     
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  5. ECBW

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    Try it at the present height. Any case, from your picture, it seems modifying the roost placement is an easy task.

    It also seems that a poop deck might be an upgrade option. Have min 18" below the deck would allow comfortable headroom for the chickens.
     
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  6. lovemy6hens

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    Raising the roost is also a great idea! Would the angle of the ladder need to be changed? I've included photos of the roosting board & ladder below.

    She seems to be holding on okay. All of the girls push for Lucy's spot, but she's stubborn and won't move. It may be easier to defend her place backward. We believe she may be deaf, so perhaps facing backward makes it easier to see them in the dark. I really have no idea.

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  7. lovemy6hens

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    They have a 20" wide poop area behind the roost with 3.5" of pine shavings in it. The roost has 3 ft of headroom, so we'll definitely try it without the ladder tonight. I'm so glad the interior is easy to modify!
     
  8. lovemy6hens

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    If removing the ladder doesn't work out, we'll definitely try raising the roost.
     
  9. vehve

    vehve The Token Finn

    I'd just put in a roost in the middle of the poop deck, about 6-8 inches above it. I haven't tried poop shelves, but that's the way they usually seem to be done. With that roost being the highest point, I think you could even leave the ladder for those who wish to use it.
     
  10. lovemy6hens

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    That combines each of the suggestions! Thank you very much.

    I'll post back & let everyone know which option worked best for them. In the meantime, more suggestions are certainly welcome!
     

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