can a raccoon undo a latch or other door fastener?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by sheeshshe, Jun 14, 2009.

  1. sheeshshe

    sheeshshe Songster

    May 6, 2009
    or do I need a lock? I purchased some of those door latches where you flip the metal piece over this other piece and then you turn the piece to secure it... is this something a clever raccoon can figure out? can they turn the knob thingie and then undo the latch?

    do I need a different type of latching system or do I need padlocks?
  2. Chicks R Friends NOT Food

    Chicks R Friends NOT Food Songster

    Feb 15, 2009
    Chariho RI
    I think it depends on the determination of your raccoons. Some of them will work at it till they figure it out, and people need to buy locks. Around here I don't even think the racoons are interested in chickens. If you want to be safe, get a lock.
  3. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    with a raccoon you need a system that requires multiple moves to open the latch. Raccoons can open slide locks, hooks, turn knobs, etc. but can only do one move at a time. If you have a combination of a bunch you will be fine
  4. Boyd

    Boyd Recipient of The Biff Twang

    Mar 14, 2009
    get a lock, if a 5 year old can undo it, so can a coon.
  5. sheeshshe

    sheeshshe Songster

    May 6, 2009
    so if I have two of those turn style ones and padlock one of them do you think I'll be ok? I wanted one at the top of the door and one at the bottom. so that they can't pry the bottom part of the door open enough to sneak in.
  6. wanda047

    wanda047 Songster

    Mar 26, 2009
    Hardy, Arkansas
    I have 5 coops... they each have a lock on the door. The big hen house actually has 3 different door fasteners on the main door. Two are quite simple to open, but the third has a turn latch and lock. The keys are hung on a hook close by, but every coop is locked securely when I put the chickens up at night. When the coons figure out how to insert key and turn.. we're all in trouble. [​IMG]

    So to answer your question, if you want your chickens as secure as possible... buy a lock.
  7. Lopiekitty

    Lopiekitty In the Brooder

    Jun 14, 2009
    Ditto! DITTO and DITTO!!! I will ECHO what EVERYONE here said! YEARS ago at one of my homes we had a "coon problem"....TRUST ME....GET A LOCK! Run, don't walk to your hardware store...coon's can be a NIGHTMARE.

  8. Foxhound lady

    Foxhound lady Songster

    Jul 9, 2008
    TX baby!
    Yes coons have very agile little hands. We have locks on the doors plus rocks in front to help block.
  9. mxpres

    mxpres Songster

    Jan 21, 2009
    padlocks,,don,t gamble with your chickens lives,,raccoons are very clever,they can appear gentle as a kitten but can be as fierce as a grizzly,,cold blooded killers,they love it,,,padlocks,,
  10. TipsyDog

    TipsyDog Songster

    May 14, 2009
    Aregua, Paraguay
    I have 4 padlocks on my coop and run!

    That may be overkill, but better than killed chickens! I was raised in NYC, so I still lock my cars in my own driveway out here in the middle of nowhere!

    Some habits die hard [​IMG]

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