1. Simon7777

    Simon7777 Hatching

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    My bird are about 10 weeks old, and roost at night about 8 feet high. Will my hens be able to make the climb as they mature? I have a couple OEGB that basically fly up easy.The more rubenesque hens struggle to make the height. DEF9BE03-EB7C-42DA-979C-160B4B127BD2.jpeg
     
  2. Shadrach

    Shadrach Roosterist

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    Hello Simon7777
    Welcome to BYC.

    Often it's not the getting up that causes problems, it's the getting down.
    A ladder ramp of some sort will help the less sprightly hens get on the roosts at night.
    The problem I and others have had is when it comes to getting off the roosts the chickens make a jump for it; they don't climb down the ramp.
    Apart from the risk of wing injuries from catching on things in a crowded coop there are real risks of leg injuries and of course bubble foot caused by repeated impact.
     
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  3. Col1948

    Col1948 Songster

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    I had the roost fairly high and noticed that too as Shadrach above says, I saw them fly in to the side wall of the coop when they jumped down so I lowered it.
    As long as they have a roost for the night I don't think it bothers them.
     
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  4. Simon7777

    Simon7777 Hatching

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    When they come down in the morning it is really falling with style. Thanks Shadrach, I’ll make some adjustments.
     
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  5. Simon7777

    Simon7777 Hatching

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    Thanks
     
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  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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