It's been a hectic morning for the beach coop girls. It started shortly after 7am when my husband and I woke up to the girls throwing a fit! Every once in awhile we can hear them from the house but nothing like this. At the time we had no idea what was going on, but soon to find out there was an earthquake in Oklahoma and the tremors could be felt in Central Iowa! Poor hens were being rattled! My husband ended up letting them out in the yard for the day, usually whenever we are home we let them free range. About an hour or two later I go out and can't find them anywhere. Nothing too unordinary until I call them and no one comes running like they typically do. I still don't think much off it until I walk down to the ravine and see a giant RACCOON hanging out. I yell and the guy goes running off, thank goodness all my girls were safe but another 30 seconds and I'm sure we would have lost at least one if not more. I know this is one of the risks we are taking with letting them range but is there anything else we can do to help deter predators from the yard? We decided we won't let them out any earlier than 10am and we are going to try to bring the dog around the coop more so that other animals can smell the dogs "territory".