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Raccoon-proof latches?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Agilityscots, Jun 24, 2007.

  1. Agilityscots

    Agilityscots Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As we construct our coop, I'm wondering...what are the best raccoon-proof latches for windows, doors and egg doors? Aren't they really good at opening things with their paws?

    Amy
     
  2. andischickenfarm

    andischickenfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've never had coon problems, but I do have little cousin problems! [​IMG] So the latches I use to keep them out of my baby chicks is the one where it folds down over a thing that turns so they would have to turn it then lift the latch. You can also put a lock through it too! Hope this helps.

    Andi
     
  3. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
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    I have padlocks on all my coops because of coons. It is the only thing I know of they couldn't open.
     
  4. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    Quote:Using padlocks here also. "Better safe than sorry" is our thinking.

    Dawn
     
  5. khable

    khable Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We use the locks too, not only for critters... but also for my 3 year old [​IMG],

    I ended up getting "Backpack Locks" they are smallish and sturdy. They have the 3 dials on the side that you roll to the number and you can select your own code. So we set all locks to the same number. [​IMG] Very easy to use! And not as expensive as full size locks! Which is a plus when you lock down all doors!
     
  6. barg

    barg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2007
    A set of 6 of these cost about 10 dollars, they all use the same key and the set comes with 6 identical keys.
    So far I only use one of the keys for the 5 locks I'm useing.
    Oh and Btw, there has been a racoon in my yard near the coop on several nights recently, Knock wood!
     
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2007
  7. Agilityscots

    Agilityscots Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, I'm so glad I asked this question...I knew raccoons were good with their cute little paws, but I had no idea actual locks would be the best way to go! We definitely have raccoons here, since we live in a semi-rural area, so I don't want to take any chances with my girls. Thanks so much, everyone!

    Amy
     
  8. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Padlocks here too !
     
  9. Gracefulspice

    Gracefulspice Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow...I never knew that Racoons could open a latch. I will be getting one of those padlocks for it today. Thanks for the Thread [​IMG] I just love BYC [​IMG]
     
  10. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    Quote:Make sure you do a key count every day. [​IMG]
     

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