This afternoon I began painting the interior of the coop and the big girls were out wandering around the garden area. My little taco bell beast was lying down outside the coop watching the girls. Bear in mind that the girls beat up on him all the time, jump on him and he has pulled back a bloody snout more than once from nosing into their tractor. He tries to share his teddy bear with the girls and get them to play and they will have none of it. They look at him like he is a freak of nature that should be destroyed. So, the scene. Me on a ladder with paint brush in hand, dog watching girls and girls scratching for bugs in the garden area. Here comes Mr. Coon traveling slowly through the wooded area between the girls and me (inside the coop). Little doggie perks up, growls low and stands to a stalk position. I go to the door of coop and yell the normal... "Shut up stupid dog those chickens will hurt you" when all of the sudden he tears out running. I jump out of coop go chasing what I assume is the stupid dog heading for a face pecking and I see this huge raccoon going up the hill towards the girls and doggie after him. Doggie chases him around the house and off into the woods. I grabbed the girls and got them back in the tractor immediately. My head honcho, Lilly was growling and thoroughly ticked off. I go after stupid dog and am calling him when here he comes. STRUTTING towards me and chesty and stuff as if to say "Yeah, I got rid of that coon". He goes over the tractor and is sniffing around when he gets hammered by 5 of the 6 girls. He got this look on his face that read "See if I save your butts next time" and he trotted back to his spot by the coop and laid down. I went in the house, got the rifle and went back to painting. About an hour later coon came back and coon was dispatched with the rifle. I will take no chances with my babies. After this exciting afternoon, I would like to show you what the great chicken guard is doing as of five minutes ago.... It is hard work protecting the girls, chasing big coons and getting pecked about the head and neck for a "thank you". Poor little guy. He did good though.