Why does a chicken have to poop a cleaned ramp? Do they have a sense of humor?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sunflour, Jun 9, 2013.

  1. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

    Jan 10, 2013
    Once a week, I remove the ramp, take it out of the run, scrub with soap and water, dry it and replace it. The first time, I was so proud that they would have a clean walk...but in seconds, one or another always goes up and poops just outside the coop door! Why???? The first time, I removed it immediately, but now just let it lay.

    The first time this happened, my husband yelled to them "the first to poop the ramp gets a worm". ( but did not do follow thru on the promise)

    Do you think they understood and keep hoping he will follow up on the promise? Or just think it is funny. Haven't heard them laugh yet, but think they are smiling!
  2. txnative

    txnative Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2013
    Kempner, Texas
    It's just like cats having to use the litter box as soon as it is cleaned, or my horse having to poop in her stall as soon as I've finished mucking it out.
  3. tweb

    tweb New Egg

    Mar 13, 2016
    Powell ohio
    Can you do Anything to stop them from pooping on the ramp having major pooping problems
    Last edited: May 1, 2016
  4. azygous

    azygous True BYC Addict

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    I believe our OP intended for this thread to be rhetorical, meaning it's obvious to most of us there is no solution to this issue.

    As close as I've been able to figure, chickens often poop in areas where their paths of travel is narrowed down, such as doorways and ramps, because they instinctively pause to assess if it's safe to proceed. And when chickens pause to "think", or what constitutes thought in the chicken brain, they have the urge to poop.

    No. There. Is. No. Solution. Expect it. Learn to live with it.
  5. aldarita

    aldarita Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2012
    Brenham TX
    I have always wondered why my chickens always poop in door exists and ramps, it never fails. So azygous explanation rings the bell just right.....while they stop to think, might as well poop. I even thought it was some territorial issue but I don't think chickens go for scents.
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Have chickens, will have chicken poop.[​IMG]
    Last edited: May 2, 2016
  7. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

    I never tell my horses when we are going riding or to the farriers. If I do they will hold it until they get into the horse trailer.

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