What is a chicken ladder for roofing

Two types of support used in roof repairing. In laying roofing or in making repairs, a long straight ladder or a so-called “chicken ladder” may be used to support the person making the repairs. The ladder is made by nailing 1- by 2-inch cleats about a foot apart on a 1- by 10-inch plank or similar long board.

Either type of ladder may be hooked over the ridge of the roof.

Hooks for this purpose are made by nailing a strong piece of wood to each leg near the upper end of the ladder at an angle with the legs, as shown in the figure.

This angle should conform as nearly as possible to the slope of the roof, and the pieces which form the hooks should be braced or stiffened by nailing short boards between them and the legs of the ladder.