how to secure a pop door

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by abhaya, Nov 13, 2010.

  1. abhaya

    abhaya Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 5, 2010
    cookeville, tn
    I finally have my coop almost finished I an trying to figure out how to secure the pop door at night. Any suggestions or pictures wouls be great.
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2010
  2. Beekissed

    Beekissed Flock Master

    Do you mean "pop" door or do you have a door specifically for poop? [​IMG]

    I never close my pop door unless I'm retraining free rangers to the nest boxes but I just use a hook and eye bolt for mine. Some folks use a simple turn latch made from a short piece of wood like I use on my big coop door.
  3. jaj121159

    jaj121159 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 27, 2010
    Northeast Nebraska
    I know fertilizer is expensive, but really securing the poop.[​IMG]

    You must mean pop. I use a guillotine door made of metal. I have it roped to a pulley. The door weighs four lbs and is very hard to grip, let alone lift with raccoon sized hands,
  4. 2many2count

    2many2count Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 23, 2010
    Well chicken poop is valuable for gardens but never heard anyone stealing it before soo not sure why your securing it.....[​IMG]

    But we just use hook and latches to keep our chickens in at night and the other critters out at night. Just make sure its not something easy for the coons to operate tho cause they have hands lol that get em in trouble. The latches we have have extra thingy to make em harder to work and we put on low down and another higher up out of reach of critters. Hope this helps ya out
  5. sheila3935

    sheila3935 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    Stonington, illinois
    on the inside of the pop door I use swivel hasps down at the bottom one on each side.
  6. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

    Feb 15, 2010
    So. Cal.
    I have a guillotine door that I slide up manually and put a peg in to hold it up. The pop door is in the run which is predator proof so that's all I need.
  7. DanEP

    DanEP Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2010
    Cadiz Ky
    hi I just use a guillotine type door on the inside of the coop that goes down past the opening so that coons can't reach the edges of the door to open it. Just rabbit out slides so that door is fairly tight to the wall and extends down a couple of inches past the opening.I also ran one of the slides along the bottom for the door to drop into for added strenght for being pushed in as well as up.
  8. owler

    owler Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 11, 2010
    Northen NJ
    I saw on this board an idea that should be pattened by the original poster. I just can't find it now. I have never been comfortable with the idea of not locking the door. I think it would be very possible for a raccoon to open an unlocked pop door by pushing inwards and upwards enough to open the door.

    Here is a crude drawing of the mechanism that was in the video:


    The weight on the top and the offset pivot point cause the arm to drop to one side when the slack is off of the rope. This moves the arm extension under the locking peg. To open, take the slack off the rope and the arm straightens up and move the extension out from under the locking peg.

    I plan on doing this to my new coop within a couple of weeks.
  9. Ferdinand

    Ferdinand Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 3, 2010
    Norfolk, England
    I just finished my new coop made from pallets and i used a simple pair of Horizontal rails so its slides left to right. No messing no catches no pullies. [​IMG]
  10. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

    May 6, 2010
    My Coop
    Quote:Owler, you're right, this idea is awesome.

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