Can predators open these types of locks?

Nemo

Songster
11 Years
Jul 22, 2008
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N'rn Wisconsin
We have two latches on the one gate leading out of the fenced in runs...

One is a sliding barrel latch, like the ones in your pictures. It's nearly frozen with rust, and quite hard to open.

The other is a regular hasp with a small lock. I used to keep it locked with a small carabiner, but somebody opened the gate and a local stray dog got in and killed our rooster two Octobers ago.
 

#1California Chick

Songster
11 Years
Dec 5, 2008
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SF Bay Area
If a four year old can open it, a raccoon can open it!!!!! Putting the locks up high is not fool proof if the racoon can climb on the cage or wire or get on top of the coop.

Good luck!

Cindy
 

Tala

Flock Mistress
10 Years
Apr 14, 2009
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Benton (Saline County) AR
Quote:Which is why all of my gates are padlocked. I wouldn't put it past a neighborhood kid to open the gate to let my dogs out, not to mention them possibly getting in trouble, but before you know it I'd have birds out and predators in!
Yes, a padlock is best IMO.
 

Chook-A-Holic

Songster
10 Years
Oct 5, 2009
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Central, N.C.
I use one similar to that except bigger and has a provision for a padlock. Once you bolt the door, the lock goes though the hole behind the bolt.

 

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