Do raccoons kill in the day time?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ruthraf, Oct 17, 2015.

  1. ruthraf

    ruthraf New Egg

    Aug 30, 2014
    Today I found one of our two chickens dead in the run under the coop. Her crop was open and her chest muscles exposed. The coop is inside a 6 foot fence, inside an electric fence (not turned on at the time of the incident) and the whole thing is inside a bigger 6 foot fence that goes around our yard. There were no areas where an animal dug under. Our other hen was inside the coop with some scratches on her comb, but otherwise unharmed. It happened some time between 10am and 1pm. I have never worried about them during the middle of the day inside the fence before, so this a whole new ball game. It seems like a raccoon attack to me and I am worried that is could be a rabid raccoon. It doesn't seem like a hawk would go inside the run and under the coop. Any thoughts?
  2. 123RedBeard

    123RedBeard Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 20, 2014
    Any critter will eat when it is hungry!

    While they prefer nights and evenings ... As less of a chance of a human encounter ... And some prey animals sleep at night too ... If they are hungry, they will be looking for "opportunities"!

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2015
    Void where prohibited.
    Raccoons are ferocious nasty creatures. I suggest live traps or fast traveling lead. Once they start, they won't stop until your flock is gone.
  4. thomasboyle

    thomasboyle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2013
    Northwest Hills of CT
    Are you sure it was a raccoon? Foxes and bobcat can easily clear fences, and they hunt during the day.
  5. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Electric fencing needs to be on to work, and a bird in a small run can be trapped. Many predators climb fences very easily. Mary
  6. ruthraf

    ruthraf New Egg

    Aug 30, 2014
    We usually let them free range in our bigger non electric fence during the day when we are here. I felt pretty safe because our two dogs usually bark at any commotion going on outside. Now we need a new plan! Definitely keeping the electric fence on is a good start! I am planning to keep our lonely chicken in the coop/run for at least a week with the fence on. Hopefully whatever it was will come back and get shocked and not come back again.
  7. ruthraf

    ruthraf New Egg

    Aug 30, 2014
    Thanks to everyone for your replies! I am definitely not sure that it was a raccoon. I thought a fox or bobcat would leave less of the bird behind, but since we were home at the time, it could have gotten scared off. Very disappointing because I thought we had a pretty good system in place. I guess you can never be too safe.
  8. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Too little information to go by here. Could even have been a raptor.

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