Lock/Latch for doors???

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ufgrad98, May 15, 2011.

  1. ufgrad98

    ufgrad98 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm trying to make my coop as predator proof as possible. What kind of deterrents do I use on the doors to discourage animals from getting in?? I thought i read somewhere that raccoons are pretty crafty and could possibly slide or turn a latch to open it?? Do I need to padlock every door? I want my kids to be able to go collect the eggs in the morning, but if i have to padlock it, then they won't be able to do this without assistance. So, what kinds of latches/locks do you use??
     
  2. lizch

    lizch Out Of The Brooder

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    I added a sliding latch to my coop door for this very reason, even though it already had a door knob. The latch is stiff enough that I have trouble opening it sometimes, so I'm hoping even the most persistent raccoons will fail.
     
  3. Mountain Man Jim

    Mountain Man Jim Chillin' With My Peeps

    I bought a gate latch from home depot. It looks like this:

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    I like this latch because it automatically lock. For additional security, on the bottom is a hole in which we insert a long, bent bolt into. We have also used wire. You can use really anything in the hole for any latch that would normally use a padlock. It just needs to be somewhat difficult to remove.

    Jim
     
  4. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    I use padlocks everywhere. It's not unheard of for HUMANS to STEAL eggs or chickens from your very coop!!
     
  5. fargosmom

    fargosmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have padlocks on my doors, since I can't be sure that curious neighborhood kids won't come into my yard. I figure the average kid and the average raccoon are on the same page, prank-wise [​IMG] .
     
  6. Squirrelgirl88

    Squirrelgirl88 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I need a key to get to my ladies in the morning. Kids can use a house key, racoons can't [​IMG] We also have double locks from the inside on our other barn doors.
     
  7. ralleia

    ralleia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We use padlocks for EVERYTHING--horse gates, horse feed, chicken coop, etc.

    Mischievous or malicious humans may let out and/or poison your animals. We have a belligerent neighbor who threatened our horses, and then within a week each horse received a slash wound just above the hoof--unfortunately the horses refused to take the witness stand.

    It's an inconvenience, but it's better to be safe and sure.
     

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