1. Dr. Doolittle

    Dr. Doolittle New Egg

    Mar 30, 2009
    Well I've started building a coop, and one thing I noticed after looking at a lot of designs and photographs, is most everyone has a padlock of some kind on the doors. Is there a problem with chicken theives? I have to slide latches top and bottom, but is a lock something I need to put on my door?

    steve [​IMG]
  2. KattyKillFish

    KattyKillFish Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2009
    Dillingham, Alaska
    i've caught my nast neigbors stealing eggs from me. once they didn't close the door properly and THEIR dog killed all of my hens. put a lock on since. it is a must!
  3. ChickieNikki

    ChickieNikki Chillin' With My Peeps

    Is a slide latch enough? Especially if it's 8' off the ground?
  4. Ferngully

    Ferngully Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 6, 2008
    N.E. Florida

    I believe for some people the locks are due to clever 4 legged predators i.e. raccoons who can undo most any other kind of lock, and for some..... yes, 2 legged predators have been an issue with the loss of birds and or eggs.

    I have read posts concerning both types of predators here on BYC.

    I personally received a very odd phone call this past week, from an unknown person wanting chickens, even though I live in the middle of nowhere, don't sell chicks, chickens or eggs. This person was looking for chickens because of our economy and had been unable to locate any layers at a price they wanted to pay. Needless to say, "the girls" are kept secure from all types of predators.

    Things that make you go hmmmmmmmmm........
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I don't have a lock on mine. I did have a family member coming over and helping herself to eggs in my nest boxes which are accessed from outside of my coop. I did put a stop to that. There are pics on my BYC Page.
  6. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    I have a hasp and carabiner for raccoons and suggest that as a minimum. Depends on how much you trust the 2-legged predators in your area as to padlocks.
  7. Schroeder

    Schroeder Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 9, 2008
    Central Indiana
    My Coop
    I have two latches, one high and one low. I don't think the four legged raiders could unhook either, but this way I have a backup. I'm not concerned about the two legged ones due to my remote location.

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