Raccoons paid a visit to the coop last night for the first time since we've had chickens(around 3 years). My mother heard the hens screaming like cats and woke me up and we chased off the raccoons. Thankfully, no one suffered injuries. Feathers were ruffled and the 3 or 4 hens had a little blood on their beaks, combs, and chest. They were walking around in shock while the others remained on the roosts relatively untouched. I didn't really see any wounds and I began to wonder if the blood was their blood. I think some of it was. We found where the coons came in from and it was a part of the coop I've been planning to reinforce because I knew it wasn't secure enough but school kept me occupied. We actually moved the coop to paint the house and then moved it back. That side originally had bricks stacked up and has held ever since we've had chickens. When we moved the coop back we had yet to stack the bricks back, leaving only chicken wire as a barrier, yes I know that isn't sufficient when it comes to coons so I feel terrible about that. The vulnerable side is more secure than before. The hens are still a bit shaken today but they went about an foraged as usual. I put ammonia soaked towels out and replaced the bulbs on our motion sensor flood lights. I also just set live traps. I consider this as a first line of defense. I'm sure they'll come back but perhaps not as soon since they were scared off. I do wonder if they would come back in the same night?
Ammonia soaked towels.
It is a bit haphazardly put together since we put it together right after the incident and it was at midnight.