How a Simple $2 Latch Saved My Sanity 9

Do your chickens rush to make a break for it every time you open the coop? This will fix the problem!

This, my friends, is the entrance of my chicken coop. Inside? Six hens who would really prefer to be on the other side of the door. The outside of the door. I like to let them free-range when I can, but sometimes I need them to stay in.

Gathering eggs means I have to enter the pen, fighting back the jailbreak. Once I’m in? They do their best to push their way out. They are impressively successful at this. Until now. (Sometimes it’s the simple solutions that take so long to implement and make such a big difference.)

Tada! A simple hook and eye latch on the inside of the coop allows me to contain them while I’m taking care of business on the inside.

Do your chickens rush to make a break for it every time you open the coop? This will fix the problem!



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9 thoughts on “How a Simple $2 Latch Saved My Sanity

  • Jupiter

    If your chickens could use the Internet, they’d be making social justice memes about fighting unfair incarceration and oppression 😉
    I’m glad you found a sanity saver!

  • Victoria

    When you added three new hens, do you have any problems with the others picking on them?

    • CJ

      I realize this ? Is old, but thought I would provide some feedback.
      Chickens will always establish a pecking order. When you bring in new adult or young, the new order has to be established. We keep new members seperate from the general populace for just a few days. I will let the newbies into the covered flight and everyone else out to free range.
      There will still be some scuffles, but they seem to be reduced.

  • Kate Griesser

    I toss a “treat” of chicken feed into the pen before I attempt to open the door. That distracts my ladies into not charging the door as I open it. Also, we use a simple bungee cord to close the door behind us. In your photo that would work well hooking it on each side of the chicken wire.

  • Franceska

    Good idea! We are finishing coop now and we made coop door into a half or whole door. While I’m in there cleaning up or kids are working in there the top door will be open. Hubby put that latch on outside bottom part. Hoping this works:) Our 1st 16 chicks will be 4wk on Wednesday.

  • Pat

    I use the old fashioned screen door spring on the inside of the coop. That way it pulls the door shut as soon as I enter the pen.

  • Normaec@gmai

    I love using magnets. They don’t slam like springs and they require no fumbling like a latch. Just buy according to poundage of force you need. Chickens have no interest in forcing their itty bitty weight against the door.