What sort of latches do you use?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mandelyn, Oct 6, 2009.

  1. mandelyn

    mandelyn Crowing

    Aug 30, 2009
    Mt Repose, OH
    My Coop
    In some photos I see locks on the latch, or just a hook and eye... what all do you guys use for latches, and for anyone with a lock, is that to keep out thieves or predators or both?

    I rigged a U-bolt through two eye screws temporarily on my new side door, drop the ubolt in each eye, screw the bolts on about halyway up... coon won't have the patience or understanding to twist both bolts for that long.

    The front latch is a two-handed job because of it's age and crooked placement. LOL You have to lift the the vertical hook while pushing the parallel bar forward, otherwise it'll snag on it's self. It's a gate latch really, but more secure than a lot of door latches I saw, which is needed because it's low to the ground and if a coon wanted to, it could sit down on it's hunches and play with it. But with the two-hand required motion and the knee to the center of the door, combined with the strength for all 3 motions... a coon isn't figuring it out.

    Worked with what I had. Just a hook and eye high up on the run gate, since it's for day-time use only. Put it higher than dog nose level.
  2. swimmom

    swimmom Songster

    Apr 7, 2009
    I have latches with locks. These are to keep out racoons which I've read can be pretty wiley. I don't think they've learned how to use a key and a lock yet!
  3. Jermbubba

    Jermbubba In the Brooder

    Jun 29, 2009
    spring loaded hook and eye
  4. SurprisingWoman

    SurprisingWoman Songster

    May 27, 2009
    South Weber, UT
    I use padlocks too.

    I tried to find latches I was comfortable with but it is just easier to be sure and padlocks are the only sure thing I have found.

    They are also fast so I don't have to fiddle with things when it is wet or snowy.
  5. Amethyste

    Amethyste For Love of Boo...

    We use slide locks that have a padlock hole on teh top that we lock up. They get padlocked in at night and when we are not at home during the day.
  6. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    This is by all means NOT predator-proof or thief-proof, but it's simple, easy & inexpensive, and also handy in some applications where other types of latches won't work. I use an L bracket and place a screw through an end hole just tight enough so the bracket still has some room to move. It's placed with the bend facing up, like ^. I put it on the door or gate post and put another screw with a fender washer on the door or gate slightly below the screw holding the L bracket. To latch you just flip the L bracket over so it holds the corresponding screw on the door in its bend. Gravity holds it down & in place.

    I'm sorry I can't show you a picture, I hope I've described it well enough.
  7. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I chose to use a twist carabiner (instead of those with the "snap" closure) to secure my latches. I don't think ANY raccoon can untwist the screw to open the carabiner.
  8. nwmud

    nwmud Songster

    Mar 2, 2009
    Everett, WA
    I have used a variety of the latches mentioned including slide bolt latches that can be locked. Where my coop differs is where i used a cam type window lock to secure the 2 main doors for my coop.
    I still have a slide bolt latch for locking at night - but these cam locks work great to pop open and closed as i need to get in to clean and such.


    works real nice.
  9. Elwar

    Elwar In the Brooder

    Jun 4, 2009
    Hudson, FL
    Instead of using a lock, I use those clips like you use for your keychain (at least that's what my wife uses them for).

    You can see them on my nest box:

  10. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Songster

    Mar 31, 2009
    SouthEast Texas
    We have the spring loaded hook and eye also. I was doubtful when my husband suggested it, but i have a really hard time opening them most of the time, so i'm hoping the coons are weaker and dumber than i am. [​IMG] [​IMG]

    I really like the idea of the twist-close carabiner though. You can also get carabiners (i know i'm spelling that wrong) with a twist lock, combination unlock.

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