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Small Bantams- ladders and height

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Hi all,

been a while since i last posted here, i've got 3 new bantams and i'm worried that my setup might be too high for them. i have my eglu on a table, and a home-made ladder which is a closed back plank of wood with lengths of stick/dowel type stuff for grips. when they come down the ladder they seem to gain quite a pace and i think it might be either too high, or i need a better ladder. can anyone with serama/silkie/booted size bantams give me any advice? do i need to completely change my layout and perhaps lose the table? i have a perch that comes out from the table height which they like to roost on but i'm worried they might fall off and hurt themselves with that much of a drop (there is woodchip on the floor of the WIR). thankyou!

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Most bantams will cope just fine with a ladder - mine can negotiate a cube mark 1 ladder. The only type to have any problems would be Silkies because they can't fly, and possibly Frizzles for the same reason, although our Frizzle manages just fine. Perhaps try a step under the bottom rung... a photo would help us to make suggestions :)

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Are you sure you really need the ladder?  I have seramas and have never used one because they fly really well.

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1 hour ago, SeramaSilly said:

Are you sure you really need the ladder?  I have seramas and have never used one because they fly really well.

I have a silkie and a booted too and the silkie can’t fly so would get stuck without something there! I agree the serama definitely doesn’t struggle (except for being so keen to fly she flies into things all the time!)

2 hours ago, The Dogmother said:

Most bantams will cope just fine with a ladder - mine can negotiate a cube mark 1 ladder. The only type to have any problems would be Silkies because they can't fly, and possibly Frizzles for the same reason, although our Frizzle manages just fine. Perhaps try a step under the bottom rung... a photo would help us to make suggestions :)

Thankyou, the silkie definitely is the one I’m most concerned about but also I think maybe the angle is too sharp- they do seem to fall/slide/flap in different combinations on the way down!

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59 minutes ago, The Dogmother said:

Perhaps they need a handrail 😂

Sorry!

Actually I was thinking of moving the table along a bit and giving them a wider and shallower ramp against the side of the run, so that’s probably a good point! :)

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Very pretty birds 😊

Could you make them another bit of ladder so that it has a turn in the corner at a right angle, then it wouldn't be as steep ? (I hope you understand what I mean)

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On 7/11/2020 at 12:48 PM, Luvachicken said:

Very pretty birds 😊

Could you make them another bit of ladder so that it has a turn in the corner at a right angle, then it wouldn't be as steep ? (I hope you understand what I mean)

Oh yes that’s a good idea! Definitely I think it needs to be shallower for them. I considered taking the table away and putting a smaller one in, then looked out yesterday and they were all snuggled up on the table having a snooze! And there was me thinking they didn’t use it much!

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