Newb Question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by frjeff, Sep 16, 2011.

  1. frjeff

    frjeff Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 1, 2011
    Northern Michigan
    I am going to begin construction of my coop (no birds yet) soon.
    I will be building it inside an already existing 12'x24' lean to on the rear of a detached garage.
    The coop will be at least a 4'x4' size. The run will be behind the lean to.

    My reason for building it within the lean to is:

    1) additional protection from predators and weather
    2) good dry lean to storage for feed, etc.
    3) easy07 to add electric from garage, etc.

    My dumb question: how high can the coop entry be off the ground. Will my chicks climb a steep ramp?

    I ask because some framing already exists in the coop location which would help keep cost down, but it would put the coop floor about 4' off the ground.

    Thanks for the help............


    PS - I am in a small town in MI that has told me chickens are banned (as considered livestock). Considering MI Right to Farm Act, I'm going forward anyway.
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2011
  2. Glenmar

    Glenmar Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2011
    Yep. They will climb chicken ladders, no problem. Here's mine, with the hen houses above.

  3. I-Have-Happy-Hens

    I-Have-Happy-Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 16, 2010
    Carrboro, NC
    They should be fine as long as you don't have silkies they do not like to climb ramps or roost.
  4. Hawkeye95

    Hawkeye95 Chillin' With My Peeps

    My coop is a little over 2 feet off the ground, I'm not expecting any problems. You dont' have to build one long ramp- you could build a little deck half way down with another ramp coming off of it too-- kind of like this: > with a little deck at the point so it's not quite so steep.

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