Safe, secure way to attach tractor run to coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by duckduck, Nov 3, 2009.

  1. duckduck

    duckduck Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 12, 2008
    Trussville, AL
    What is a good type of latch to fasten the run to the coop? I have it temporarily held together with 2 screws but I need something easier to dismantle because I take it apart and move it usually about once a week. Any ideas? I thought about using something like this but can't figure out exactly how to make it work. Here is a pic of the tractor in question(it now has a roof though, lol)>

  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2009
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I'd suggest a short length of big heavy chain bolted to each side (not a loop, just a straight piece, maybe a few or half-a-dozen links long) that you affix to the other structure with a padlock. That will give you some flexibility in how the two pieces mate up. You just don't want the chain to be so long that a critter could pry an opening wide enough to squeeze through. For a fairly high or wide run, you might want more than just two of these chain connectors.

    Good luck, have fun,

  4. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2009
    East Tennessee
    Two screw eyes on each side of tractor, and one screw eye on each side of coop. A drop rod for each side, L - shaped. Simple, and quick and fit is not precise. Drill hole in drop rods and put small wire thru each and attach to frame to prevent losing.
  5. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Im thinking hood pins.
  6. duckduck

    duckduck Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 12, 2008
    Trussville, AL
    LOVE that last one! Thanks guys! Gotta get it finished this weekend! [​IMG]
  7. Doormantnt

    Doormantnt Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    Glen Burnie, MD
    I was thinking about twist hasp.

    they look like a normal "padlock" hasp, but you twist the loop 90 degrees to lock it...I use them on all my windows, and doors. it is kinda a latch, and hasp in one. Has worked well for me, and there is no slop in it.

    just my two cents.

    Good luck.

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