My 3 year old son fell out of bed tonight around 3am. (He wiggles alot in his sleep) I got him settled back into his bed, and went to lay back down when I heard my hens peeping horribly outside on my porch. I went out to find the box I was raising my chicks in was broken into. It's a re-purposed lawn box, with lid, but I made a hardware cloth top for it. It's worked great, and there has been a few times it looked like something tried to get in but with no success. However tonight, as soon as I spotted the box was broken into... out pops a Raccoon. I immediately grabbed a stick I used to prop the original lid up with and beat the living daylights out of the Racoon. I hit the box and broke the stick. Went to get something more deadly.... and it got away. It had got to all 6 birds. . It had killed 4, and 2 were alive but half eaten. I put the 2 out of their misery, by wringing their necks. However I've never really been trained for that. They twitched uncontrollably for another min after i separated their heads from their bodies. At this point I feel the lowest I could feel, and I have no idea how to explain this to the kids. You see, whats even worse is that last thursday I lost 5 out of 6 of my original birds to the neighbors dog. Except this was in an outside run I made for them, but used a crappy PVC coop wire. Thats 11 dead birds in 5 days. After dispatching the birds I went in to wash my hands thoroughly and noticed I had given myself a slight scratch when the stick I used to beat the Racoon splintered on the side of the box. Nothing deep just a surface scratch.... no blood. Now I'm worried about Rabies and if I should go to a doctor. The raccoon didn't scratch me, I did, but I did handle the birds after his attack. The racoon didn't look crazy, it was actually kind of cute and gave me this sad look like..... "Why are you doing this to me?" as I was trying to beat him over the head with the stick. He didn't even growl or hiss. This is my first time trying to raise chickens... getting discouraged. I almost have my coop build. I just wanted to re-enforce the doors better before leaving my hens in overnight. Do you think I should worry about rabies? I'm kind of not worried about it, but thought I would ask those with more experience with such things. I'll probably call the doctor in the morning anyways and ask just to be sure.