raccoon proof exterior egg box

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by capebird, May 1, 2011.

  1. capebird

    capebird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2011
    Cape Cod
    For my new coop I'm building I've got the nest/egg box located
    on the outside of the coop with an exterior lid/door to gather the
    eggs. I'd like to hear what kind of latch others use to prevent
    raccoons from gaining access to the coop through the egg box.


    one other question: I'm planning on burying wire mesh about
    6 inches under the dirt floor of the run. Would I be safe to use
    1 inch by 2 inch or maybe even 2 inch x 4 inch welded wire mesh?

    Again, thanks.
  2. chicky_mommy

    chicky_mommy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 10, 2010
    Northeast Corner of CT
    I would stick with 1x1 or 1x2 mesh.

    On my chicken coop i used a hasp and a pad lock to keep out coons...and neighbors.
  3. Hoosierchickens

    Hoosierchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 9, 2011
    Cloverdale, IN
    I used bolt locks and simple locks on each of my exterior nest boxes. I figure racoons can usually figure out and manipulate most single latches but when you put in two latches they get a bit stumped.



  4. CityChook

    CityChook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Coop
    IMO the only way to keep a raccoon out of your egg box is to use a lock.
  5. florida lee

    florida lee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2011
    I have a hook type fastener (scr door hook) on each end of the egg door, PLUS a HASP and lock. I've had raccoons problems in the past, they can be very clever and manipulate most latches.
  6. mochicken

    mochicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2011
    NW Missouri
    I have clasp lock setups on mine I just built with padlocks, luckily I dont have neighbors to bother with so I hang the key under the roofline of the coop and that way I dont have to go back in the house when I forget the key lol. I learned my lesson with locks because the coons around here kept accessing our rabbit hutches and killing rabbits, no matter how many different lock types I tried the little buggers would figure it out. They have yet to take the key off the nail and open the masterlock though lol

    Just remember if you have a wide box that you need to lock both ends, if you padlock it at one end or the center only they can lift it enough to sneak in, you dont want to open that sucker up in the morning to collect eggs just to find a coon that has been "cooped" up all night lol
  7. dbounds10

    dbounds10 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 15, 2011
    Fort Worth, Tx
    I use 2 hasp latches with clips in them

  8. mstrawn3

    mstrawn3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 3, 2011
    Princeton, Texas
    I use the saftey latch hook for screen doors. They have a spring loaded lock that you have to pull before it will unlatch...[​IMG]
  9. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

    Sep 7, 2009
    Florida - Space Coast
    Quote:Coons ccan operate these types of latches rather easily. Locks or latches hat require two actions to open them are best.

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