Teach chickens how to use the ladder

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sfc, Oct 24, 2008.

  1. sfc

    sfc New Egg

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    My chickens are about 3 months old and we just put them outside in the new coop we built. Will they figure out how to use the ladder or do I have to teach them, and how?

    Thanks.
     
  2. ZepChick

    ZepChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hi! our chickens mostly figured it out on their own. We had them start from the inside of the coop, so they used the ladder on the way down and I think that gave them the idea. Our Cochins have a bit of trouble, they are just kind of wobbly, but they try [​IMG]
     
  3. notsooldmcdonald

    notsooldmcdonald Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In my brief experience, chickens have proven to be very curious. I have no doubt that they will figure out the ladder, provided you have "rungs" to help their grip.

    -Christian
     
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2008
  4. dixiechick

    dixiechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    My cochin frizzles took some time to learn...I put them in the middle of the ladder for a bit each day...they eventually learned. Tonight is the first time one has figured out how to roost (rather than sleep in the nesting box)....he's such a big boy! [​IMG]
     
  5. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    I'm an evil chicken owner. We started out with a doghouse coop that only had a maybe 6 in ladder. Dopey chickens still couldn't figure out how to get back in the doghouse. I had to toss them back in for 3 days!!

    Same thing happened when they moved into the bigger coop. Made it out, but couldn't get back in. Stuffed their fuzzy butts back in through the opening. Took them about 3 days to figure that out too.
     

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