Coop door latch - what can I use?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by leight54, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. leight54

    leight54 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm having trouble coming up with an adequate latch for my coop's human door. It's a wood converted playhouse, and the door is mounted on the outside, so that it's not flush with the doorjamb. It sticks out about 1 3/4 inches. Plus the door - there are upper and lower windows in it - and the frame are kinda narrow.

    What kind of latch can I use that's pred-proof, but doesn't have to lie flat? Right now I have 2 hook-and-eyes, with the little springy-pullback things. I know this isn't raccoon proof, so for the time being, I am wedging a 2 x 4 between the bottom of the door and the edge of the "porch".

    Any suggestions? [​IMG] Thanks!

    BTW This will be my gals' first night out!
  2. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    could you get a loop & hinge (the kind with the slot cut in it that fits over the loop, then you put a padlock or combination lock through the loop so the flat/slotted part can't be pulled open), then bend the flat slotted part to fit after screwing it to the door frame?
  3. leight54

    leight54 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hmm, that's a thought. I bought one of the ones that fits over a knob that turns, and has to be opened with a key, but to bend it would make it not line up enough to fit together. But the kind you're suggesting wouldn't have to be as exact a fit.

    I'll try it! Back to Home Depot, for the majillionth time.......

  4. EggyErin

    EggyErin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2011
    N. Ga mountains
    What about a kiwi latch? Those are often used for pasture gates so nothing has to really line up. In pictures, they look very easy to unhook, but there's a piece you have to either flip up or down in order to take the latch out of the ring or staple. Check out and look for Gate Latch w/Chain (very original name).
  5. kurt s

    kurt s Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 5, 2010
    Southern Maine
    Don't waste your time at Home Depot. Go to a hardware store or a good lumberyard like Hamshaw Lbr. in Keene. They have much better choices for hardware than HD. Both are my customers so I know of whereof I speak.
  6. valentinebaby

    valentinebaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2009
    Sherman-Denison, TX
    Simplest way I can think of is to take a small piece of wood the thickness of your door and screw it to the non-hinge side into the door where you would want a latch to go into (to bring it up the the same thickness-depth of the door). In other words, if you use something called a barrel latch (think that's what it's called) it would then slide easily into the locking part because they're at the same level. There's something called a hasp that's a quick way to close and "lock" a door as well. But if you just elevate the side where the receiving end of the lock is, you won't have to spend a lot on a fancy hinge type lock. Good luck!
  7. valentinebaby

    valentinebaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2009
    Sherman-Denison, TX
    Meant to add if you look at my BYC page, you'll see that I achieved something like by framing my door which brough the receiving side to the same depth as the door - hope that makes sense!
  8. leight54

    leight54 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Duh! The simplest solutions are usually the best! Thanks! [​IMG]

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