Locks/Latches (Predator prevention)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by yellowletters, Mar 26, 2015.

  1. yellowletters

    yellowletters Out Of The Brooder

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    Here are photos of the locks for our nesting box access (top) and our coop door (bottom). For now you can see that my husband put a padlock on the coop door (this is to keep the children out of the coop - they were hanging on the roosts! - until we get the chickens). I know raccoons can be very smart and learn to open lots of things.

    What would you recommend we do to help predator-proof these locks/latches? I don't really want to have a padlock on the door full time as I want to be able to get into the coop quickly if need be. What else can you recommend? Thanks! - Callie[​IMG]

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  2. Chemguy

    Chemguy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've had great success with the latch type below. The sheath on the shaft pushes up against the hook with a spring. When the hook is placed through the eye bolt, it is held in place. Won't keep kids out, though [​IMG] I do have lots of raccoons, but am unsure if they've tested the system. It has worked for a few years so far.
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  3. TalkALittle

    TalkALittle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have the second latch you showed. Instead of a padlock I use a carabiner.
     
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  4. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome! Your top latch is too easy. I use snaps similar to Chemguy's. Racoons are smart! Mary
     
  5. PapaChaz

    PapaChaz Overrun With Chickens

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    ^^ this ^^ don't have to look for a key if you use a carabiner, or you could use a combination lock if you HAVE to lock it
     
  6. sierranomad

    sierranomad Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also use the second latch you showed. Instead of a padlock, I "lock" it with an elongated "O" shaped thing that needs to be unscrewed.
     
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  7. bdjh

    bdjh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We don't have raccoons, (coyotes and skunks would be my main concerns) but I use the same latch as Chemguy on our run door. I use the same small sliding latch you show on our small 'chicken door', as well as the main door on the coop. On the nesting boxes, I use the traditional padlock-type latch with a carabiner instead of a padlock.
     
  8. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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  10. sierranomad

    sierranomad Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You are welcome.Glad you found a picture of it.
     
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