for securing hasps-carabiner vs leash clip

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by gale65, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    What is better? I am using some nest box plans I got online and it shows that they use a carabiner in the hasp of the nest box door. We've always used leash clips so far. I want to use whichever one is a challenge for a critter to get open. Which do you prefer?
  2. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

    Jul 18, 2010
    Central Florida
    I would prefer a keyed master lock--I've heard that raccoons are smart enough to figure out most anything else.
  3. rebel-rousing-at-night

    rebel-rousing-at-night Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. cluckinthecity

    cluckinthecity Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 20, 2011
    Portland Oregon
    Sersly ? [​IMG]

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  5. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    If your ONLY choice was one of these two...which one? I don't want to mess with locks and keys (which would almost certainly end up lost and a padlock is a pita to open in 10 degree weather) and I have a feeling the majority of people don't use a keyed lock on their coops.
  6. WVDan44

    WVDan44 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2010
    leash clips can freeze up. I would invest in a couple of inexpensive Master Locks that are keyed the same. The raccoon won't figure out how to use a key LOL, so attach it nearby out of the weather with a length of cord or wire (unless you need to be concerned about two-legged predators) and you'll always have it handy.
  7. auto5man

    auto5man Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 27, 2011
    I chose caribeeners, I have a hard time believing that a coon could defeat it. It's tedious enough I've wondered if my 6 yr old will be able to open it. I didn't want to go locks knowing that my children will just lose the key and they will be the primary egg gatherers [​IMG]
  8. kimf

    kimf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2011
    Seminole County, FL
    they make a locking carabiner. It has a twisty thing where it opens. You have to twist/rotate the little cylinder then push the piece to open.
  9. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

    Jul 7, 2007
    Middle TN
    I have locks on all of my coops. I use the ones that use a combination instead of a key. They are all set to the same code to make it easy to remember. Locks deter the two legged predators as well as the 4 legged kind.
  10. lishah2000

    lishah2000 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I use both, but have more of the clips and think they would be more of a challenge. Over time they get hard for me to open. Haven't had anything get them off yet. All the big doors have two or three. I like having more than one fastener for them to get off in order to get in.

    I do have hotwire around the runs now and two LGDs so nothing gets a chance to work on getting them open. But didn't have any problems before and the coons were around.

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