If you are squeamish about hurting animals which are trying to kill your chickens, stop here.
Ok. If you are still reading, I just started my little backyard flock this spring. Three chickens. We are down to one. A raccoon is the perp. I know, since I shot the first raccoon who was wandering away at dusk with my first chicken, before they had returned to to coop. The second chicken went missing. A real mystery. No gaps in the coop, he couldn't have gone underneath (concrete slab), but two chickens went into the coop that night, and only one came out the next morning (with a big pile of feathers, but no sign of my baby).
So rather than spend all night every night sitting with a shotgun across my lap, I spoke with my local feed store.
Here's the solution, which I am going to try tonight, since another raccoon is lurking about.
My chicken free-ranges when I am home during the day, and goes into her coop at night. Neighboring dogs are also indoors at night, so I think I can safely put this out at twilight, and cover it for the next night. Lots of warnings on the can, so it looks like rubber gloves are in order.
Results of this to come tomorrow, if I have a taker.
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