Originally Posted by MultipleAnimals
Okay so I leave my chicken rabbit and dog food in my bedroom by an open window I didn't think a raccoon would come in the window the chicken coop is by this window this window is in my bedroom so I went and stuck a baby gate in the window so the raccoon would not come back in and try to take the chicken food and rabbit food and dog food we leave the window open due to it gets way too hot in our house because we do not have air conditioning but I'm to the point to where I was asking are raccoons harmful to chickens my chicken coop is right next to our bedroom window and a few days before I got my new roosters my original rooster died it was found in the morning without its head and insides gone what could have killed it could it have been a raccoon?
Raccoons are opportunistic. They will eat anything, including chickens. I have one coon in my area that will sit up in a tree and wait for a chicken to walk by and then pounce on it. As far chickens in coops getting eaten, if you can fit a few fingers in a gap or hole, a coon can get a whole arm in. Any bird it reaches will be pulled apart and eaten. They are ridiculously strong, and can pry up boards that are screwed in. They can undo most simple latches.
If I were you, I'd consider removing any open feed bags from window areas and secure it in air-tight containers. And I'd invest in motion activated lights and electric fencing.