What predator can open a top and bottom slide lock?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by PStenger, May 20, 2016.

  1. PStenger

    PStenger Out Of The Brooder

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    We came out this morning to find that the top and bottom slide locks on the main entry door, both of which you have to push up and then slide to open, were fully unlocked.. I would have expected to see one lock or the other messed around with but both? These are two step locks. Is there a predator that could do that?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    The first that comes to mind is a human, and the second is a raccoon. Were your birds killed/taken ?
     
  3. 235chickens

    235chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    With my chickens
    raccoon
     
  4. PStenger

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    The door was still closed and no birds were harmed. I thought that if we used the two step locks, that the raccoons couldn't figure it out!! My first thought was human as well.
     
  5. PStenger

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    One lock is at the top of the door and the other is at the bottom and both are two step. Seriously, a raccoon could figure that out? :(
     
  6. PStenger

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    and not be scared away by the alarm, which has a light, alarm and voice?
     
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Raccoons have dexterous front feet and are persistent. Whatever the culprit, it sounds as if the alarm may have served it's purpose. I'd be tempted to install a Trail Cam.
     
  8. PStenger

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    Good idea. I think we'll do that. Thanks!!
     
  9. cscigu

    cscigu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Raccoon sounds most viable. Picture them washing their food with their "hands". Think they could do it.

    There's always those hook and eye latches that have an additional "thumb slide" on the hook. Those are pretty tough for even humans.
     
  10. PStenger

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    I have to say I am just stunned. We thought we had it all figured out. We'll definitely take the next step today!
     

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