would a raccoon be able to open a spring snap?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by fiddlebanshee, Mar 24, 2012.

  1. fiddlebanshee

    fiddlebanshee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Like the ones that you use to carry keys around?

    I need something that is easy to open through the latch of the run door. I had a padlock that jammed badly, so I want something easier, but still secure.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks.
     
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2012
  2. yellowirenut

    yellowirenut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use linch pins, available in various sizes for about $1.50 a piece. Lows, Menard's, Home depot they all carry them
    the ring is twisted in a way to act like a spring and "locks" agents the pin

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  3. LeezyBeezy

    LeezyBeezy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You mean a carabiner? I don't know- racoons are so smart and have such nimble fingers!! THere must be something at the hardware store you can use!
     
  4. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use carbine and the trigger snaps, like on a dog leash. I haven't have any problem. After looking at the above posters pic, I can't see how a raccoon could open that.
     
  5. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes they can.espec the light ones. I have seen them unscrew coke bottles
     
  6. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They've gotten in my coolers and action packers. But thats not much of a challenge.[​IMG]
     
  7. fiddlebanshee

    fiddlebanshee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok thanks all for the terminology :) I have done some more research and think I'm going to settle on a wire lock pin. Mast with a round or square loop that goes around the bottom tip of the mast. Seems a bit more secure than the linch pin. Critter would have to think about two different things to do to get the latch open.

    I had no idea what a linch pin, a carabiner or a wire lock pin were. I guess in my previous post I did mean a carabiner.
     
  8. yellowirenut

    yellowirenut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they should have a wide selection of all those.

    think about how your latch is positioned and get the best one for job. a horizontal latch may need a different type than a vertical.
    Try to think like a raccoon grabbing and puling down, twisting..that sort of thing.

    Good luck
     
  9. Joe.G

    Joe.G Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use linch pins also.
     

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