We have several silver laced wyandottes that are about 6 weeks old that were attacked last night by coons (guessing based on evidence), four of them were dead this morning and we noticed this evening that 5 have only one leg left. We are guessing that the coon jerked them through the chicken wire and the leg ripped off sad. We've moved the remaining 16 back into the brooder house in the backyard with the dogs where they should be safe. These 5 though...Is there any hope for them?? What do I do??? another question: we've never had a problem with predators here before and have had the chickens over two years. (our dogs are getting old and going deaf) the total death count is 4 chicks, one grown chicken, and 4 eggs in one day. The fully grown chicken was found in the coop this morning half eaten along with the egg shells. We had to work cattle today so we piled the four chicks and the rest of the chicken under a wood pallet (so the other birds couldn't get them) and tonight all were gone except one of the four chicks. Any guesses as to how many we're looking at having to catch?? Do coons normally attack during the day like that?? There were NO remains of the birds this afternoon. We have set up 4 catch a live traps in hopes to get them. We left the five one legged chicks in the pen they were in but blocked off the rear with pallets and wood. The two sides we put two of the traps along, one on each side. The pen is only 4X4 so that covers almost all of the pen. The other two traps we set up next to the chicken coop door and made sure it was securely fastened. All of the traps were baited with wet cat food except one in which we used the remaining dead chick. Is there a better way of dealing with coons? Am I missing something?? Also, no odor at all so not a skunk...mom coon and babies??