lock on outside of nest box???

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by blueheaven, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. blueheaven

    blueheaven Chillin' With My Peeps

    337
    0
    139
    Mar 10, 2009
    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?
     
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2009
  2. mrsengeseth

    mrsengeseth Chillin' With My Peeps

    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.
     
  3. cwc362

    cwc362 Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,622
    11
    161
    Sep 26, 2008
    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! [​IMG]
     
  4. blueheaven

    blueheaven Chillin' With My Peeps

    337
    0
    139
    Mar 10, 2009
    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!
     
  5. blueheaven

    blueheaven Chillin' With My Peeps

    337
    0
    139
    Mar 10, 2009
    Central Indiana
    Quote:glad i do not have neighbors like that...that is terrible!
     
  6. SoJoChickens

    SoJoChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    235
    0
    109
    Mar 9, 2009
    Fountain Green, UT
    If you have raccoons, lock it up. They are very persistent!
     
  7. mxpres

    mxpres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 21, 2009
    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
     
  8. thewarriorchild

    thewarriorchild Chillin' With My Peeps

    899
    3
    156
    Mar 29, 2008
    Ringwood area, NJ
    Quote:That just leaves SO many opportunites for fun....
     
  9. thewarriorchild

    thewarriorchild Chillin' With My Peeps

    899
    3
    156
    Mar 29, 2008
    Ringwood area, NJ
    Oh and YES lock it without a doubt. I had a Bear attack last year and nailed mine shut.
     
  10. selinagil

    selinagil Chillin' With My Peeps

    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. [​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by