Two story coop....ladder question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by RBOutdoors, Jun 13, 2010.

  1. RBOutdoors

    RBOutdoors Songster

    Sep 4, 2009
    I recently built a two story coop with a wire mesh second level. I built a four rung ladder but the girls don't seem to be using the second level. The problem is that is where the roost bar and nest boxes are located. There is currently 4 pullets in there that have not started laying but I really hope they start soon ( I got them as day old in early Jan., 2 RIR & 2 NH). I got to thinking that I may have made the opening for the ladder to small or the ladder too steep. Currently it goes from bottom to top in 24" and is about 14" wide. Does that sound wide enough?

    Any ideas? Sorry I don't have pics, but I can get some if needed.
  2. happydog

    happydog Songster

    Nov 22, 2009
    Western NC
    Sorry I don't know, but I'm bumping this hoping somebody else does.
  3. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Crowing

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    Pics please
  4. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

    Mar 17, 2010
    Western Washington
    I altered my design so that there are two steps that head up to the 2nd story loft in my coop. I build a ladder, but made each step 16" high to get them up to the 48" loft. They just hop on up. The steps are 2' wide.
  5. tasymo

    tasymo Songster

    Jul 24, 2008
    You might want to remove the mesh, and simply add roost bars that work their way up- one 2' up, one 4' up... My coop is 4' x 4' square, and stands 6' at the peak. The roost the like best is at the very top, just under the peak, about 5' off the floor. I have one roost bar at 2 1/2' and the one they use. They simply leap from one to the other, no problem, and they feel very secure at night.

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