Raccoon proof latches ?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by kyron4, May 19, 2019.

  1. kyron4

    kyron4 In the Brooder

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    I got some hook and eye door latches for the side panel of my coop. The have a spring loaded "lock" that has to be pulled back before the hook can lift out of the eye. Can raccoons manipulate this style of latch ? Also the coon would have to be hanging on the side of the coop to get to the latch. -Thanks
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

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    Anything is possible, but I have used that type of latch in areas with heavy raccoon activity and not had them opened
     
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  3. Norcal527

    Norcal527 Songster

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    I use a hasp with a carabiner instead of a padlock
     
  4. Brahma Chicken5000

    Brahma Chicken5000 Araucana Addict

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    I have padlocks on all of the access points to my coop.
     
  5. Redhead Rae

    Redhead Rae Chickens, chickens everywhere!

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    My mom knew of someone that had a pet raccoon that could open combination locks but that was on the cage the coon was kept in so it was highly incentivized to get out. I've used hasps and carabeaners on all my coops and coons have never gotten in.
     
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  6. Trish1974

    Trish1974 Araucana enthusiast

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    Possible, but unlikely. I always err on the side of caution, so if you can get more complicated locks, you should.
    The man who built my first chicken coop said "If a toddler can open it, so can a raccoon." So if you have a toddler in the family take him or her lock shopping with you. ;)
     
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  7. Mybackyardpeepers

    Mybackyardpeepers Crowing

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    I have just the regular hook and eye style, but I have 2 and they are pretty tight. We have a racoon that literally undid a bungy cord, no chewing it off. They are clever animals.
     
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