Upon cleaning out the yard at the Fortress of Attitude I learned that the coop needed a new ramp.
The old ramp was improvised from a piece of an old doorframe, wrapped with baling twine. It worked (better than expected) for five years, but under the accumulated straw it had rotted almost clean away.
Okay, so casting around I found an 8-foot 2X6 that developed a twist before I ever got it off the truck. Useless for construction lumber, it’s been holding down a tarp since before the siding job two years ago. I cut a notch in the end for the bracket and screwed it on the coop. It’ll work fine, except I had the same problem as always: What to use for traction on little scaly chicken feet?
Hm. Well, there was a hundred feet of rope that went up the steep slope behind the cabin. I call it my back door, but it’s cheap rope that’s been out in the weather for two years or so and I don’t trust it anymore. That would work, I think…
So LB and I went up the long way during the morning walky and untied the rope from the tree at the top of the slope. I need to replace that pretty soon.
Then I commenced to wrap it around the ramp…where it quickly became clear that 100′ isn’t as long as I imagined it to be…
Hm. Maybe I can bug Neighbor D, see if he’s got some plywood scraps I can cut into traction slats. I believe that’s the traditional way to handle this.