Originally Posted by ChicKat
Blooie has a lot of good suggestions for you.
A piece of fruit, a peanut butter cracker - anything can get a racoon into the trap. IMO then you have to kill the raccoon.
A good dog can keep them away from your chickens - and you will hear the dog going off at all hours of the night.
If your coop and run are secure enough -- the raccoons can climb over and never gain access. That may be the best approach. As Blooie said, when you get rid of one family of them - after time - another family of them will move into the vacated territory.
I think solar nite-eyes are somewhat helpful -- but it would probably require moving them to a new spot daily -- and yes, eventually the predators will become used to them and they will no longer work, IMO.....
Believe it or not, a plain ol' Havahart live trap will work, with or WITHOUT bait! My coop & run are situated near woods & other good den spots both on & off my property. In addition to making it as predator-proof as I could when I built it, I also leave the trap just outside the run. Whenever I see evidence of something trying to dig its way in, I bait the trap with whatever scraps I can get from the kitchen...usually tomatoes or vegetables, or lunch meat gone bad. I've caught both coon & possum since I located the run there, and, unfortunately, a skunk (a separate story unto itself). The most recent coon I've caught was just a couple weeks ago, when the trap wasn't even baited. A young, half-grown coon had decided to investigate & tripped the trigger sometime during the two previous nights.
When I trapped the first coon, my plan was to take him out of the area & release him, 'til he tried his best to get at me through the wire cage. I solved that problem in a hurry, with the help of Mr. Winchester. A .22 long to the brain at point blank range does wonders! That might offend someone's sensibilities; if it does, I'm sorry, but I'm going to protect my own.