How to secure my run so the door can be opened easily?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by devs, Nov 18, 2019.

  1. devs

    devs In the Brooder

    Hi all, as the title I'm looking for suggestions on how I can lock and easily open this run?

    I'm currently using 4 pieces of wire threaded through and twisted to secure. Its proving a pain.

    Any thoughts?

    Many thanks :)

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    PS. the door swings upwards via zip ties.
     
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  2. ChocolateMouse

    ChocolateMouse Crowing

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    Tiny carabeeners. Like the 1" ones if those would work bigger if not. That's what I'd do. That's what I DO do.
    If it doesn't close the door tight enough construct a couple of wire loops really close together and connect those loops with the carabeener instead.
     
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  3. FortCluck

    FortCluck Free Ranging

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    I think it would be easier if it swung downwards. Secure the bottom of the fencing with a piece of wood and then put hinges on it so that it flips down and you could find a way to secure it on the top with a latch or whatnot. Maybe with a hook.
     
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  4. FortCluck

    FortCluck Free Ranging

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    I actually watch a homesteading couple that has a similar run and they use two ratchet straps to hold their door and it swings downward with the concept I just put up above with the hinges.

    I'll find the video where they show them so that you can see what I'm saying.
     
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  6. devs

    devs In the Brooder

    Thanks a lot guys, really helpful :)

    I like the idea of the carabeeners. Will take a look tomorrow.
     
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  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Is this to just keep the chickens from getting out of the run?
     
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  8. devs

    devs In the Brooder

    Suppose it’s both tbh.
     
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Well, the chicken wire will not keep a determined predator out.
    Hopefully there's a locked door between coop and run for at night.

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  10. devs

    devs In the Brooder

    Yeah I get that its more for during the day. They are safe in the coop at night.

    I live in Northern Ireland.
     
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