Racoon Security (how dexterous are they?)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by cnjtnt, Dec 20, 2009.

  1. cnjtnt

    cnjtnt Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 17, 2009
    Federal Way, WA
    Pretty confident in my overall run/coop security, but have a question on if a racoon could get in my run gate or coop door?


  2. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    They use their front paws as well as a human. They have been caught hanging on the side of a fence, reaching through and sliding the cover slide back on a hhok and eye latch. I witnessed one unhook a hotwire. They will work in teams so make it difficult and a nuisance to open for you...if it is easy for you to open it is eay for them. I cannot stand those mask wearing chicken killers.
  3. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

    May 11, 2008
    Howell Michigan
    It's amazing just how adept they can be at getting into things. You could try padlocking your coops, just don't leave the keys anywhere the racoons could find them. [​IMG]
  4. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    Clip both latches & the gate should keep them out. They are determined little buggars though. Make sure the rest of the coop is varmit proof. CAUTION! They have been known to chew through chicken wire.
  5. Barry

    Barry Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think it is best to place door latches high and have a smooth surface that they can not climb up or down to get at the latch.
    I noticed your latch can accept a pad lock, if you use it you are safe.
    Your run will not keep out coons, they could easily get through or over or under the fence. They are very strong and poultry mesh will just slow them down.
    It is imperative that you lock the coop door to the run every night.
  6. CityChook

    CityChook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Coop
    I simply use a sliding barrel latch (like your coop latch) for my run, with a caribiner to secure it, however, I use keyed luggage locks for both my pop door and human door. The key hangs next to the door. They get locked every night.

    Basically, if a toddler can figure it out, a raccoon can too. And they are very strong and determined, especially in the Spring when there are babies to feed, so keep that in consideration.

    BTW, and this is not a criticism, but you need to consider your fencing material for your run if you are worried about coons. That chicken wire will not stop them.
  7. Stephanie-n-Hayden

    Stephanie-n-Hayden Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 15, 2009
    I feel pretty okay that my run is fool-proof. An 8x8 shed type of building, locked up at all times, unless I need to get in there. The pop doors are on a pully system. lock them up at night. One yard is a 10x10 dog kennel, covered with the small chicken wire and enclosed on the top with it as well. The other yard is framed with 2x4's and completely enclosed with chicken wire as well. We have an electrical line running across the bottom - outside of the fence to detour digging. My concerrn is this...can a preditor get in overnight, or will I see signs of something trying to get into the coop? Will they dig a bit and then come back the next night to dog some more? Will I be able to tell if something is tampering with the coop/run?
  8. ice329

    ice329 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 23, 2009
    I am a newbie to chickens but not dogs. I see a major flaw in your coop regardless of your latch. The chicken wire is nothing for something to get threw but even your heavy wire... A big dog will grab that and pull it off or break it and yor chickens are in trouble. Coons are bad, big dogs are as bad if not worse. G/L
  9. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    If a 5 year old can open it so can a racoon.
  10. cnjtnt

    cnjtnt Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 17, 2009
    Federal Way, WA
    The top part is chicken wire, but the lower wire is a heaver grade like the materiel on the door.

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