I love going junking and antiquing. It’s one of my favorite pastimes. Now that fall has arrived, I am constantly thinking of boredom busters (scroll halfway down) for the flock come the cold snowy weather. I came up with this clever idea to create a chicken run ladder.
Last time, exploring a flea market, I picked up this sweet ladder. I could see that it had good bones but was in very poor condition. The paint was chipped and the framework needed repair. I got to work and made the minor repairs. I had to add a few nails and screws to make it more stable. I also was unsure if this was lead paint. So, wearing a mask, I sanded down any flaking and then added a fresh coat of navy blue spray paint. Once dry the chicken run ladder was ready to put into place.
I tucked it into the corner of the run. This would provide the girls some fun, a high place to roost, and allow them some exercise. It would also allow some of my girls to escape from bullies.
I can’t wait to see who explores it next! For now, Tilly went first.
I love this girl! She is always so curious and sweet. It wasn’t long until the others followed.
I think I’m going to need to add another chicken run ladders soon.
It’s a great excuse to go junking.
Photo Credit: Tilly’s Nest
8 thoughts on “DIY: Chicken Run Ladder”
What a great idea! I think they'll enjoy it for a good, long time.
Looks like they love it already! We are wooded so I have found fallen branches and pushed them through the wires in the dog type kennel ours have. The last time I added one I picked up a hen or two to show them there was a new perch. On and Off several times to get them used to it. I like the ladder idea! All the better to hide from roosters!
Love the idea! Going to look for a small ladder for my girls now…thinking a nice coat of purple would brighten their day!
Just went to an antiques show this weekend. Lots of vendors had old ladders for sale, but all were asking premium prices…
This is such a fun idea for boredom and reusing things. Thanks for the idea.
Old saw horses and old wooden chairs also make good roosts. In the summer I twine braided clover around the chair rungs and back for everyone to enjoy! In the winter I lay the clover that I picked and froze during the summer on the broader part….
what breed is your black hen?
She is an Australorp.