Best Raccoon-proof freeze-proof latches?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by AmericanKraut, Jan 16, 2015.

  1. AmericanKraut

    AmericanKraut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi All!

    I'm new to BYC. Setting up a flock this spring. A few people have mentioned spring latches can get covered in slush so they freeze up and are a pain in the winter. I have arthritis in my hands. Is there another option that's raccoon-proof? Or are the spring ones really not an issue in the winter?

    Thank you!
     
  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

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    I'm in GA and don't have to deal with the type of winters you do, but think our method may be better for you?

    We have a slide type latch just to keep door closed but for raccoon protection use clasp closures with carbingers thru these and they should not be difficult for you to use and I don't think they will freeze up. Here's a photo.

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  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Yep, I use the loop and carabineers same as sunflour......
    ....but they can freeze up too if they get wet.

    Might want to install a flap of rubber or something over them to protect them from precipitation.
     
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  4. AmericanKraut

    AmericanKraut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, great idea! We have carabineers all over the garage from whatever camping gear and whatnot. Excellent solution! You guys are great! Thanks for helping out a greenhorn like me. I think it could still freeze tough, but without the spring and tiny size of the spring latch, hopefully it'll be a lot easier for me. [​IMG]
     

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