I lost a hen today :(
I have a small coop completely enclosed with conventional chicken wire but during the day I leave the door open so they can wander in an electric poultry net enclosure. Today when I left for work it was already light & they were fine. When I returned they were hiding in the coop & one had been killed. She was in the coop & the predator had attempted to pull her through the chicken wire by her head. The electric netting was still energized, but was pushed down like something large had crossed it. I assume my girls had tried to escape by running into the coop. I live in the woods & do have black bear & raccoon around. If it had been a bear, I would think the coop would have been torn apart. It sounds like raccoon to me but it doesn't seem like they would go over the electric fence. Any suggestions? Should I add more electric? I am most concerned that the attack occurred during daylight. I don't want to leave my girls locked up all day but not sure what else I could do.