Coop design flaw...So there I was stuck in the coop...

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Texas ChickenZ, Dec 13, 2008.

  1. Texas ChickenZ

    Texas ChickenZ In the Brooder

    Nov 28, 2008
    North Texas
    The door to my coop has a self-latching door on it. To keep from getting locked in, I drilled a hole through the door frame and ran a nylon string through it and attached the string to the latch outside. On the inside, I tied a washer to the string to keep the string from getting pulled thru, and I just hang the washer on a nail inside to keep tension off the string. Works great. You want out, pull the string and the latch opens.

    Unless... your sons break the string and don't tell you! It was early this morning and no one knew I was in there to let me out. Only one way out... Through the pop hole door! I couldn't believe I fit and managed to avoid the poo on the ramp. Oh well, guess that means I can still have an extra piece of pie at Christmas dinner!
  2. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
    always changing
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  3. Don

    Don Songster

    Jul 15, 2008
    Oil City, PA
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    Thanks, I needed that! [​IMG]
  4. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Crowing 9 Years

    Oct 16, 2008
    I ust had to read this post.. I knew what it would say even before I read it.. I was there done that..
    twice.. both times nobody was home to help me out.. No hole to crawl out of.. I probably would not have fit, anyhow.. I felt like MacGiver..

    the string did not break it wrapped around the peg and got slammed into the catch.[​IMG]

  5. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA
    My daughter actually locked me in on purpose and left me there a few years back. [​IMG]

    She finally came back about 15 minutes later to let me out.
  6. geareduplyn

    geareduplyn Songster

    Jun 2, 2008
    Salley SC
    Go to Home Depot or Lowes and get a peice of 1/16" Aircraft Cable. Also buy a couple of compression connecters and attach to your latch. Almost impossible to to break.
  7. joebryant

    joebryant Crowing

    It happened to me once, and that's why I keep a pair of cheap wire cutters in my run now.
  8. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member 10 Years

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan
    Why are there so many stories like this on BYC?! You guys crack me up! I am imagining you crawling out the pophole door...ha ha ha ha... [​IMG]
  9. Reinbeau

    Reinbeau The Teapot Underground Premium Member

    I think I'd switch to a piece of stainless steel chain, you know, the little ball kind that you use for a pull on lights and fans. I am pretty small, but I doubt I'd fit out my pop door, it's 13x15". I'd hate to have to try.....[​IMG]
  10. ChickLuver

    ChickLuver Songster

    Dec 6, 2008
    Walton, New York

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