lock on outside of nest box???

blueheaven

Songster
10 Years
Mar 10, 2009
336
2
139
Central Indiana
do i need a lock on the outside lid of the nest box? they are protruding from my coop - so i can lift the lid and collect the eggs.

thanks for any advice.

NEW: 3-20-09
i put a closure on it that can be turned and i can put a lock on it - but will i need to. a predator would have to turn it 90 degrees and then lift the lid!!! could a predator do this?
 
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mrsengeseth

Songster
11 Years
Aug 20, 2008
1,749
7
171
Colorado...but home is Maine
Why are you concidering it? Do you have a problem with escapees through it? or do you maybe have other critters trying to enter that way? Are other people getting to your eggs? Or just for security and peace of mind?

If the answer to any of these is yes, yeah, i'd lock it.

If it's secure and you feel safe about leaving it unlocked, as long as you are sure, and have complete control and can keep your eye on it, nah, I wouldn't worry about it.
 

cwc362

Songster
11 Years
Sep 26, 2008
1,623
16
194
Huntingdon- West Tn
If you have Raccoons - Might be a good idea. Or if you have neighbors like I used to have - definitely!! I couldn't even leave a broom or mop on my carport- They would steal it. Good luck!
 

blueheaven

Songster
10 Years
Mar 10, 2009
336
2
139
Central Indiana
i think we have raccoons. never have seen one, but 'something' will get into trash once in a while if we leave it outside and we have seen droppings in our barn -upper floor. never have seen one though!

no...great neighbors. well, if you call them that. we have 3.3 acres - so our neighbors are a ways away.

i did not know if animals can lift a lid to get the eggs????

don't have my chicks yet, but just getting the coop ready!
 

mxpres

Songster
11 Years
Jan 21, 2009
1,622
10
179
Lenoir,NC
put locks on the nest box lids,one morning I found piles of feathers in the nest box,blood and feathers on the inside of the nest box lids,and down the outside of the nest boxes..something had intered through the nest box and killed five hens and took them out through the nextbox,raccoons can and will enter through the boxes,,possums and weasels too,,better to be safe than sorry
 

selinagil

Songster
11 Years
Mar 25, 2008
402
0
142
Clarksville, North Florida
I would to protect from predators. I just have a hook and eye with a little metal piece you have to slide up to open it--supposed to be predator resistant but human friendly!!! I got it at the hardware store.
 

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