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#115943 - 07/29/16 06:55 AM Chicken ramp
Vanderpool Offline
New Egg

Registered: 07/28/16
Posts: 1
Loc: Central Texas
Building a chicken coop. Does anyone know a surface on a ramp that chickens will walk up but snakes will not? I was thinking crushed oyster shells?

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#115944 - 07/29/16 01:48 PM Re: Chicken ramp [Re: Vanderpool]
Redcap Offline
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Registered: 08/14/06
Posts: 954
Loc: Germany
Couldn't You create a snake-free area by a snake-fence?
http://www.snake-removal.com/fencing.html
http://snakefence.net/products/snake-barrier/
http://www.boddingtonsonline.com/product...arden-fence.php

With this fence, it could be possible to reduce additionally the mouse invasion and protect the chicks (if the poultry fence has bigger mesh size) against cats, other four feet predator and snakes. I would prefer the Boddington fence, as it is more stable and probably longer persistent as the real snake fence - If You don't prefer the traditional solution with stainless steel wire mesh with similar mesh size?
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#115949 - 07/30/16 05:43 AM Re: Chicken ramp [Re: Redcap]
Robbie Offline
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Registered: 01/19/15
Posts: 258
Loc: Ontario Canada
How high can snakes climb? Can you design the ramp so that it does not touch the ground, so the chickens have to jump up to the first step?

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#115950 - 07/30/16 06:45 PM Re: Chicken ramp [Re: Robbie]
CJR Online   content
Coop Master

Registered: 07/16/02
Posts: 8489
Loc: Montana
Depending upon both the height and type of chickens (heavies?), you may have happier and healthier chickens, if they can FLY up, rather than walk up a ramp. Even a box to jump up on first, can be a better alternative.
This eliminates the mouse problem, also. Can't post pictures of several alternatives, but I no longer use ramps at all. It also makes it easier for you to care for the birds, not having to work around a ramp.

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