Chicken door latch advice...

jed1154

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Jul 10, 2008
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So, i have a regular hook that secures the chicken door open and closed. It is the kind that has a little spring...its called a security latch. Anyway, its a real pain to work. So, what kinds of latches are you guys using? I need something that will be racoon proof and at the same time keep the door closed as tightly as possible. Any ideas?
 

coffeelady3

Froths Milk for Hard Cash
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Jun 26, 2008
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Tacoma, WA
I use a hasp and caribener to lock the door. Here's a pic of the ones I use for the roof, so you can get an idea of what I'm talking about.

 

ChanceRider

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Aug 19, 2008
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Somerset, CA
I use a swivel hasp, with a carabiner through the swivel. Since the doors to my coop are about 5' tall, I also use a barrel bolt at the top and bottom of the doors. For the pop door, I use just the swivel hasp, again with a carabiner. Very easy to open/close with one hand, yet it seems quite secure.
 

silkiechicken

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I use one of those drop down gate latches with the pad lock hole in the bottom. I then put a pad lock in the hole to deter both two and four legged preds.
 

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