Best Raccoon-Proof Locks and Latches?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by TwinsLoveChicks, Nov 10, 2017.

  1. TwinsLoveChicks

    TwinsLoveChicks Songster

    741
    703
    222
    Mar 10, 2016
    At the coop
    My Coop
    I am building a new coop and would love to know what the best raccoon/predator proof locks and latches are.

    Thank you in advance! :)
     
  2. microchick

    microchick Crossing the Road

    I can't say it's the best. I'm sure there are others but we live in a predator rich environment and I use hasps that are locked with carabiner clip without having any break ins or losses after 3 years of use.
     
  3. IamRainey

    IamRainey Songster

    I'm with microchick. The self-latching gate latches have a hole through which a carabiner can be fit. I can open it with one hand while my other hand has a tray of kitchen scraps but even a clever raccoon can't manipulate it with both agile hands.

    While you're at it, make sure you dig your screening in 12-18" or pile the foundation high with large rocks so predators aren't able to dig their way in.
     
  4. TwinsLoveChicks

    TwinsLoveChicks Songster

    741
    703
    222
    Mar 10, 2016
    At the coop
    My Coop
  5. microchick

    microchick Crossing the Road

    I thought about using the self latching thingies on one of my gates. As soon as I did our dog would be figuring out how to open it when I had it unsecured with a carabiner and would be in getting up close and personal with my birds, LOL.

    One of the best security measures I can recommend for any coop and run is a hot wire around the parameter. Predators and curious dogs will try once to get in but they will seldom try twice.
     
  6. microchick

    microchick Crossing the Road

    That should work!
     
    TwinsLoveChicks likes this.
  7. TwinsLoveChicks

    TwinsLoveChicks Songster

    741
    703
    222
    Mar 10, 2016
    At the coop
    My Coop
    Thank you!
     
  8. igorsMistress

    igorsMistress Crossing the Road Barefoot

    9,102
    37,584
    1,137
    Apr 9, 2013
    Phoenix AZ
    My Coop
    Hasp and padlock.
     
  9. TwinsLoveChicks

    TwinsLoveChicks Songster

    741
    703
    222
    Mar 10, 2016
    At the coop
    My Coop
    Thanks for answering! Love your coop!
     
    igorsMistress likes this.
  10. igorsMistress

    igorsMistress Crossing the Road Barefoot

    9,102
    37,584
    1,137
    Apr 9, 2013
    Phoenix AZ
    My Coop
    Thank you :)
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: