For anyone who's ever been locked in or out of the coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by pinguin, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. pinguin

    pinguin Out Of The Brooder

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    Happens all too often, here. One of us will latch the coop door from the inside while cleaning or gathering eggs. Or once in a while get locked in. I finally decided to make a latchstring latch, the old fashioned kind that used to be common in cabins. No cost other than a couple of screws. The latch is a piece of molding off an ancient piece of furniture. The catch is a bracket off a long-ago discarded under cabinet coffee maker & the guard, a scrap of 2x4.

    View from the outside & inside. The string, tied to a nut, runs through the eye (hook & eye closure) on the outside of the coop. (Yes, I know hook & eyes aren't raccoon safe, but the door must be pulled tightly closed to be able to lift the hook. It's hard enough for older humans; children can't manage it.)

    From the outside, pull the nut, raise the latch & unhook the hook. From the inside, lift the latch; the guard prevents the latch from being raised to high or lowered & possibly breaking the string. You can't see the string in the picture, but it's attached to the latch just to the right of the guard.

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  2. BWKatz

    BWKatz Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2010
    Columbia,SC
    seems a good idea but cannot see any of string mechanism in pics. Could u maybe do a line drawing?
     
  3. mcostas

    mcostas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does it really happen that often?!?!?
     
  4. ADozenGirlz

    ADozenGirlz The Chicken Chick[IMG]emojione/assets/png/00ae.png

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    Quote:It happened to me, once. I rigged a string to our run latch too.
     
  5. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I did a similiar thing to my garden shed. 2 doors and 3 windows, but if you got locked in you might be there for the duration.

    Imp
     

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