ramp into coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by bug263, Jan 10, 2009.

  1. bug263

    bug263 Hatching

    Jan 10, 2009
    we have a coop that is 3 ft. off the ground and are wondering if we need a ramp leading into it or if our chickens will fly up when we begin to let them out (new chickens, crested polish)
  2. mamabird

    mamabird Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    App. Mtn's
    Our coop is about that far off the ground, and we DO have a ramp. Don't know if we really need it or not...we didn't even think about NOT having one. One thing I learned about Polish...we have one (and only one) with the rest of our flock. Don't know if she is a "special" chicken, but she has trouble finding her way back to the coop at night. After one night in the bushes, another in a brush pile, another in the barn, and another in the garden...my 4 year old suggested that we "cut her funky hairdo". We did. I cut her top feathers around her eyes so she could see, and it seemed to help. Maybe it's just this chicken, maybe not - but keep a count of yours if they free range!
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  3. brooster

    brooster Songster

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    If you have any new or young birds, i suggest a ramp, they will not know how to get in at first.
  4. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    We have two coops that are raised 2 feet off of the ground. He are the ramps from them to help give you some ideas:

    Ramp from our Modified Chick-N-Barn:


    Ramp from our Post-Brooder Coop:


    I've extended this second ramp so it's not as steep as the original one. Will get a picture of it and update as soon as the rain quits.

    Hope this helps!


    Edited to add another pic:

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  5. bywaterdog

    bywaterdog Songster

    Dec 29, 2008
    A ramp will help, but put "cleats" every 6 to 8 inches to keep them from sliding off. Just nail cross 1/2"slats across the walk board.
  6. brooster

    brooster Songster

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
  7. Omran

    Omran Songster

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY

    Yes indeed you need a ramp, it make it eaier for the chicken.

  8. chookchick

    chookchick Songster

    Aug 18, 2008
    Olympia WA
    Yep, give them a ramp. Just imagine if you were pregnant every day, and had to give birth every day--you'd want all the help up you could get!
  9. Chickens love outdoor platforms too and they serve to keep them out of snow when it's bitter, and to shade them in summer. If you have room you could use a ramp and a platform, or use a bale of hay or something similar instead of a ramp. Ours adore their platform and often when it's very cold they will use it when jumping to the ground would be intimidating. Since we have a 4' foundation where the pop door exits, the platform seemed like a natural extension of our plans.


  10. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    [​IMG] If my coops were 2 ft off the ground I would probably put a ramp in. I have a ladder in my run for them to climb on.
    Here is a picture of my ladder. [​IMG] [​IMG]

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