Originally Posted by aart
Isn't it fun
to watch them in the run??
That's one heck of a nice run...good job!
That latch, good that it can be locked with padlock... or a carabineer......
BUT.....it can TRAP
you in the run!!
I'd suggest changing it out to something that doesn't automatically latch and put a screen door spring on it to automatically close it.
Even if you put a string or wire to go inside....shm..... had fits with one of those and wouldn't ever use one on and enclosed area.
I'll play with and see what I can do. I dislike the idea of having spent money on it, only not to use it and I mentioned to the husband that I will rig a sturdy wire to the top to run through to the other side. Also the door is quite snug. It could be a pita later but as of now, it won't fully close without some gentle persuasion, which means it won't latch. It closes to the point of no escapees but won't hit the latch unless you push on it a bit. I don't think a spring (which we still plan on installing) will be strong enough to pull it to the point of latching either. And as a last back up, if I go outside, my four year old goes outside. She is fully capable of opening the latch for me if something happens and I got stuck. Granted she will start school soon so I will definitely do some testing to protect myself from getting stuck.
Dreamsinpink- I went out about ten minutes after sunset tonight. It was still reasonably light out as I could easily navigate my yard and the slew of toys in it without a flashlight, so it may still have been too early to put them up. But, three of the six, put themselves into the coop, two of them were on the uppermost cleat of the ramp and one of them was perching on the wall of the run, closest to the coop. So it was very easy to shoo them into the coop tonight before closing the door. Tomorrow I will try a little bit later to see if they all go in.