Will chickens use a regular RUNG ladder?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by imtc, Dec 24, 2009.

  1. imtc

    imtc Chillin' With My Peeps

    276
    1
    129
    Oct 30, 2008
    I just had a new coop built that is much higher off the ground than my girls are used to. They also share their run area with a couple rabbits I'm not wanting in the coop so was thinking of using an actual ladder rather than the common chicken ramp. Does anyone use one and have their chickens figured it out? Just trying to get ideas of what I can do to give my chickens easy access but not the rabbits. (I've never seen my showgirl get off the ground or make it too high so need her to be able to climb to the boxes).
     
  2. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

    7,470
    19
    253
    Dec 19, 2009
    Southwest TN
    My girls sunbath on an old pool ladder. The roo lines his ladies up on it [​IMG] They love it and use it alot, best thing I ever gave them!!
     
  3. dovecanyon

    dovecanyon Chillin' With My Peeps

    417
    3
    121
    Oct 15, 2009
    Niland, CA
    When I added the first roost to my coop, 3' off the ground, I used a small wooden step ladder for my young chickens to get up. Last week I added a new roost, 6' up, and put in the old 5' wooden ladder. They use the ladder to get up until they are confident enough to fly up. So, I guess what I'm trying to say is, yes they will use it.
     
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    30,362
    181
    446
    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I think most of my girls would be able to do the ladder thing but wonder about showgirls and silkies.

    I also have seen rabbits that would be able to figure out the ladder thing!
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by