I am (obviously) new to this whole chicken-thing. My husband helped build his grandpa's coop when he was young, and he is the main carpenter for our coop we've been working on for the past month or so. My question is this: Can you, or has anyone tried, to bait their brand new coop before putting their chickens in the coop to determine how a predator may be able to get in? We are attempting to build a fortress, but I know its got to have its weaknesses. I'm thinking if we put some raw meat, or other yummy foods in the coop, BEFORE sticking the chickens in it, we can fix the problems before our babies get taken. I know we've got a bobcat that roams our 5 acres. We've heard it scream (at us!!!) We don't see very many small animals, like racoons or oppossums, probably because the bobcat is keeping them out of the area! This may be a stupid idea, but I'm trying to save myself some heart ache, money, and keep my precious RIRs safe! Thanks for the input!