Need help on decision.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Jferlisi, Nov 14, 2011.

  1. Jferlisi

    Jferlisi i dont eat chicken!!!!

    Nov 2, 2010
    Menifee CA
    So i have a kinda problem atm. So my coop is 8x12 and its 3 feet off the ground, so the problem is that my bantams wont go up the ramp into the coop. The bantams include 3 silkies and 1 cochin. So the dilemma is do i cut off a foot or two off the legs even tho that will lower the nest boxes and the boxes open outwards so ill have to bend down to collect eggs or just make a small coop under the coop for the bantams?

    This is the coop.
    Here is the 8 foot ramp.
  2. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    I'd just place them in the coop each evening until they get the hang of coming down the ramp each morning, and back up again each evening or when they need to eat/drink....they'll get the hang of it. If the big gals can do it, they can do it as well.

    ETA: You might also add more cross pieces on your ramp so their shorter legs can get some traction.... [​IMG]
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  3. Jferlisi

    Jferlisi i dont eat chicken!!!!

    Nov 2, 2010
    Menifee CA
    Quote:Thats what i did for the first two weeks. And they dont go down the ramp they jump out the opening of the pop door. I have tried setting them on the middle of the ramp and they just jump off it. One silkie wouldn't even come out of the coop at first then she just started jumping. Also the quad is for breeding.
    ETA* I put chicken wire down on the ramp under the rungs/slat things.
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2011
  4. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    Are you sure you want to breed such dumb birds? [​IMG] Sounds like they might have to have other accomodations, huh? Be a shame to cut the legs off your coop.
  5. Nic&Chickies

    Nic&Chickies Songster

    Aug 23, 2010
    New Britain, CT
    Well, if it's strictly an either/or thing, I'd vote for making a second coop for the little ones. However, Beekissed had a great idea, if you have the time & energy. My bantams (2 of my 10, the rest are standard-sized ) go up the ramp just fine. I have already forgotten, but I think we might have guided them up a couple of times when we made this new coop.
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Since you just have a quad is it possible to make a coop just for them? Silkies are not stupid, their crests, beards etc. make it very difficult to see. If you never plan to show them you could do just trimming on them so they can see. People tell me it makes a world of difference afterwards. I don't believe silkies lay that often, so you wouldn't be doing much bending for I assume 3 pullets and a chochin(cockeral???)Life is one big compromise, what's one more?
  7. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    You could build a "porch" so the ramp won't be so long, or replace the ramp with a series of platform "steps"
  8. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Songster

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    I think you have the steps to far apart for such a small chicken. I don't have the small breeds but I spaced mine at 4 inches after I saw the BO's having a problem walking up the ladder I made. Now they all walk the ladder, even the 10 lb GLW rooster. But sometimes the sexlinks jump up about halfway and walk on in.

    The step spacing was my problem.
  9. critterrun

    critterrun Songster

    Oct 6, 2011
    What if you put a block under the bottom of the ramp so it is not so steep
    maybe a block or 4x4
  10. CupOJoe42

    CupOJoe42 CT Chicken Whisperer

    Apr 11, 2011
    What if you make a platform outside the pop door and then have the ramp come off of that? You can even make 2 platforms and ramps in between them to cut the slope of the ramp down.

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