rung spacing on ladder

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by glowworm, Jun 28, 2008.

  1. glowworm

    glowworm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am currently building my ladder that goes from the ground to the coop, 2 feet up, ladder is 5 feet long. I am building it "ladder style" ie, no plywood plank.

    How far apart should each rung be for standard large breeds?
     
  2. KPort Chick

    KPort Chick Out Of The Brooder

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    I wondered about that too, and made a little mistake the first time. I used a 1X10 piece of Poplar and then nailed down thin wooden shims to make the "rungs". At first I spaced then 6 inches apart, but that proved to be too far apart for them (esp the little Bantams I have). So I added more so now they are 3 inches apart and that seems good.
     
  3. zmcdad

    zmcdad Out Of The Brooder

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    I've got a treated 2x6 for my ladder. I cut notches spaced 4-6 inches from top to bottom. Then, I attached some 1/2 to 3/4 inch twigs with small (4d) finishing nails. The twigs are 6-8 inches long. I can send pics if you like.

    Ben
     
  4. purr

    purr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    we just did ours tonight and we spaced them 3 1/2 inches cause we have some banties. It seemed to work well.
     
  5. glowworm

    glowworm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks everyone. I just finished the ladder- centered the 1x2s every 4 inches, so the gap is like 2.5" between each. I went with the better safe than sorry motto.
     
  6. swimcoch

    swimcoch Out Of The Brooder

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    I wouls love to see pics of any of these ladders.
     
  7. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    Here's the ladder that Skip built for our Bantams in the modified Chick-N-Barn/Yard...

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    The rungs are Tulip Poplar branches that are spaced about every 5 inches (3 and a half inches between each rung). The ladder itself is 4' 8" long.


    Dawn
     
  8. glowworm

    glowworm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    swimcoch,

    here is the completed product. not painted or attached yet. ended up getting a plank cause I thought it would look better, and i was worried about them going up it when they are young. still 5 feet long.

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  9. chickenlecoupe

    chickenlecoupe New Egg

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    Wow I like your ladder spacing Thank you for sharing
     

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