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Raccoons and Chickens
Well it took a few months, but I finally lost one of the chickens to a predator. My dad went to let them out yesterday and found a dead hen inside the pen and there was blood and feathers everywhere. After a little investigating I found where the culprit got in. It climbed up to the second level of the pen and pushed up on the tin roof. Unfortunately, I failed to put enough screws so there was enough room for something to squeeze in. Based on the mess it left behind and the fact that climbing was involved I'm fairly certain it was a raccoon.
When I got home from work I fixed the roof, boarded up some other areas that had larger gaps and cleaned the pen. It was a chore getting the chickens to go back in last night, but we finally managed. I don't blame them for being scared to go back in.
I checked this morning and all seems well. Hopefully I won't have to worry about any more raccoons.
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Fingers crossed you won't be losing any more hens now that the repairs have been done.
Sorry to hear that EG. Fingers crossed the raccoon doesn't try again.
Oh, what a sick feeling and the anguish! I had a whole flock of 2 month chicks destroyed by those nasty creatures. They have no love from me. A "have a heart" and a barrel is my best friend.