Can predators open these types of locks?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by acissej, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. acissej

    acissej In the Brooder

    Jun 2, 2010
    Duvall, WA
  2. Nemo

    Nemo Songster

    Jul 22, 2008
    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.
  3. Terri O

    Terri O Crowing

    Raccoons can open lots of types of locks...but if you have it high up they probably will not.
  4. #1California Chick

    #1California Chick Songster

    Dec 5, 2008
    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!

  5. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    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! [​IMG] Yes, a padlock is best IMO.
  6. Chook-A-Holic

    Chook-A-Holic Songster

    Oct 5, 2009
    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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