Will silkies use a ramp

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by greenSearcher, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. greenSearcher

    greenSearcher Songster

    Aug 22, 2010
    I am building coops for my new birds, and I have 4 black silkies. So far my coops are elevated, with the entrance inside a closed run for extra protection. So far this has worked for LF well, only one loss to predators while foraging this year.

    I have read that silkies don't like ramps and won't use them. I was thinking the coop with the silkies would have a 12" wide ramp and I would use the safety strips used on stairs to provide traction. I could also put guard rails about 4" along the side. I hope that would make them feel safe using the ramp. Inside the coop I Will have a Banty room immediately to the right of the pop door that will have arched entries about 8" high. The room would be the same size as the next box unit, 45" x15"" with the exterior wall that flips down to allow cleaning and egg and broody care. I was thinking I could house them with either the EE's or NNs since both are fairly calm. The NN are down right mellow, even as adolescents they will let me hold and pet them.
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I have two silkies in with the rest of my juvenile flock, including naked necks and cornish Xs, others. My silkies won't use a ramp. Steps made out of small blocks, set on top of each other, up to the height of the pop door they will do. Each step is roughly 4 to 5" high.

    By the way, my silkies also free range with their flock.
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2010
  3. vpeterson

    vpeterson Songster

    I have three different ramps for different entrances and my silkies use all of them. They are a little afraid of them but they do use them. If they have trimmed crest they may have an easier time walking up and down the ramp.
  4. sis

    sis Songster

    Jul 16, 2008
    My silkies live with my other chickens. They use the ramps, there are 3 ramps.
  5. Kat'sChicks

    Kat'sChicks Chirping

    Jun 20, 2009
    Minonk, IL
    No problem with ramps here... adults and babies will all use them. I started with small strips of wood over a plank as steps and have now gone to covering planks with hardware cloth - the smaller birds can get better traction on it. Also take in to consideration the angle of the ramp; if it's too steep and they can slip they won't use it. The hardware cloth solved that issue here.
  6. Chicken Chat

    Chicken Chat Songster

    Jul 19, 2009
    Southern Illinois
    I only have one elevated coop and my silkies refused to use a ramp. I finally had to take it down and used cinder blocks to create steps for them. They had no problem with the steps.
  7. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    My silkies use ramps. But they prefer not to- it's true.
  8. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    My Silkies use a ramp with no problem.
  9. consdrs

    consdrs Songster

    Apr 4, 2008
    Vancouver, WA
    Hmmm Interesting... I had never read that silkies wouldn't use a ramp, therefore my silkies never got the memo. up and down all day long.
  10. tammyd57

    tammyd57 Songster

    I think it depends on how wide/steep the ramp is, and how well they can see out of their crests.

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