No More Jail Breaks - DIY Self-Closing Run Gate

I am usually careful to close the gate to the run behind me, but invariably going in and out with my hands full - of treats, water or feed going in, or eggs coming out - the gate gets left ajar. And those darn chickens don't need but a second to jump on the opportunity to escape and get some free range time.

The gate has a deadbolt on the outside ...

and an eye hook on the inside, but somehow they don't always get latched when I'm busy going back and forth.

Of course the pasture is more fun - lots of bugs, weeds, grass, not to mention dropped horse feed. But it's also rife with dangers like hawks, foxes and neighbor's dogs on occasion.

Rounding up almost two dozen escapees is no fun, so I decided to put a stop to the jail breaks for once and for all.  I paid a visit to our local hardware store and bought what I needed: a spring and a hook. That's it. Then I went to work.

First I screwed the hook into the inside support post on the hinge side of the gate.

Then I wound one end of the spring securely on to the hook.

The other end of the spring I wound into the chicken wire on the gate. 

And voila.....

A self-closing run gate.... I should have done this a long time ago.

I now have a swinging gate that closes automatically behind no more jail breaks ! Sorry girls. 


  1. Awesome idea! Your horse is great looking! I wish we could keep a horse, but we have less than 2 acres, and not consider a farm. Good Evening to you, Anna

  2. Now there is what should be an obvious idea, put to great use!
    Good on you, Lisa!
    Your chickens look great, by the way.
    Thanks for the great tip!

  3. Poor! I had to do the same to the inside coop door...great tips Thanks!!

  4. I can't decide which I like better, the new thing-a-ma-jig, or the adorable photos! :-D

    1. Thanks ! I just don't know why it took me this long to figure out this super easy fix !