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Trouble with chicks and ramp

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Isabella F, Jun 11, 2017.

  1. Isabella F

    Isabella F Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My month old chicks have moved outside four days ago and are either too small or haven't figured out the ramp to get into the sleeping part if the coop. Does anyone know why or how to fix this?
     
  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    Did you put them the coop to start with and let them figure out how to come down the ramp on their own?

    No feed in their sleeping area----sprinkle feed down the ramp and give them time on their own to ease down it to eat might work.
     
  3. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    You need to train them to use the ramp...I use a stick to herd them up the ramp....They usually don't know on their own...I trained my Ducks and all I say is bedtime and they waddle up the ramp so I can lock them in for the night...
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    This^^^^
    I also use a training ramp, like training wheels on kids bike-haha.
    Feed on the ramp is key IMO
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  5. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Your the best.... :frow
     
  6. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    It's taken mine just over a week to go to the coop at night. Feed and water are outside so they wandered down the ramp first day and now practically run down. Had to pick them up and place in coop for 8 days and last night, 9th day all but six went in on their own. Figure all will go in tonight. Little different each year but in general takes about a week for them to use the ramp to go back into coop for night.
     
  7. SewCluck

    SewCluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Food!! I would place feed or scratch on the ramp for a few days. After that they did it on their own. Good luck!
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I got SO lucky this year....only had to round them up one night..I was amazed and very happy. I hate playing the big bad 'Chick Chasing Monster'.
     
  9. Abriana

    Abriana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just go out and put them in by hand until they have more developed wings. The mama will show them how.
     

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