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Recommendations: Best locks for keeping out raccoons?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by AsanumaGardens, Aug 5, 2018.

  1. AsanumaGardens

    AsanumaGardens In the Brooder

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    We have some tenacious raccoons in our area, and are trying to keep that in mind as we finish our new coop. Our concern is that we have three sets of two vertical doors which need a lock that wont come apart if both doors are pulled out simultaneously.

    What has worked best for y'all?

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  2. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Crowing 5 Years

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    Raccoons are a major problem in my area. I have had good luck with just a lock hasp and this type of snap. The snaps and hasp are installed at waist hight. The height may be a part of the deterrent as well.

    I may have some mentally challenged raccoons however.



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  3. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Free Ranging

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    You could use a padlock, just don't let them have a key.
     
  4. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Crowing 5 Years

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    That struck me "FUNNY". Thank you for sharing I am still laughing.

    Also do not voice the combination aloud if you decide on that type of lock.

    They could be listening.
     
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  5. HamsterStyle

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    We use a carabiner that also has the thing that screws over the catch. So far, knock on wood, we have had zero issues. I think it was $2 at Walmart
     

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  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member 5 Years

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    Might best to latch both doors...one with simple barrel latches, top and bottom, on the inside.

    Pics of doors might garner more viable suggestions.
     
  7. PetesChicks

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    That’s a great suggestion. That would hold the one door secured so the other would hold tighter to it. One thing about double doors like that, when they are latched together there is usually some play to them if they are pulled. Even though they stay attached, there might be enough wiggle room for a small coon to squeeze in.
     
  8. AsanumaGardens

    AsanumaGardens In the Brooder

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    Thanks for the responses so far! Here are some photos for added context
    @Hokum Coco @BlueBaby @HamsterStyle @aart @PetesChicks

    1. Front view of coop and run
    2. Rear view, where the 3 exterior sets of doors will need to be locked.
    3. What the doors will look like (one finished, one unfinished.)
    IMG_20180805_152938.jpg IMG_20180805_152950.jpg IMG_20180805_152925.jpg
     
  9. HamsterStyle

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    I would definitely pin one door to make it solid and then a basic door latch for a pad lock from the free door to the pinned one and then throw a carabiner on there. Coop looks good.
     
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  10. Brahma Chicken5000

    Brahma Chicken5000 Araucana Addict Premium Member

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    I use these locks for my coop CB83CF2E-AE0C-423A-A204-89D4B3B10D26.jpeg
     
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