Predators and Door Locks

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Rose66, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. Rose66

    Rose66 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can a raccoon or any other type predator undo this type snap if it's on the exterior door to my coop?

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    If yes, then what type snap or lock should I use? I really don't want to use a keyed padlock because I know I will forever be making a second trip back into the people house to get the key for the chicken house. I suppose a combination padlock would work but I'd really like to find something besides a padlock if possible. Thanks!
     
  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Raccoons sometimes *can*, but it is rare and requires just the right set of circumstances.

    If you'd rather use a keyed padlock except for the "forgot the key" problem, just hang the key on a nail next to the door. Coons aren't THAT smart LOL

    GOod luck, have fun,

    Pat
     
  3. Kikiriki

    Kikiriki Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was actually considering the magnetic childproofing totlocks...
     
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  4. lhayes1976

    lhayes1976 Out Of The Brooder

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    That's what I used on the lid of my run. Hopefully they will work--I did use a turn lock with a key on the door in the back. Just hung the key on a nail above it. DH said, if a coon can get this open, he deserves to have those chickens.
     
  5. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use two of those spring type clips on each of the doors to our runs, but I don't rely on it for night time protection, out of an abundance of caution. The coop door has a regular key lock, and I keep the key on a lanyard that I hang up right next to the back door. On my way out in the morning, I just grab the lanyard and put it around my neck; when I come inside, I just put the lanyard back on the hook next to the door.

    The thing about hanging the key right next to the door would be that if a two legged predator came by, they'd be able to get inside the coop.
     
  6. WatWasIThinking!!!

    WatWasIThinking!!! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WatWasIThinking!!! Chillin' With My Peeps

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