We have to move our chickens in with the goats because the new people who moved in next door brought it to our attention that our chickens are housed too close to the property line. (old neighbor had chickens so it didnt matter, I didnt check ordinances when I built the coop) The only other fenced area is where the 2 nigerian dwarf goats live. DH and I put together a hoop coop in with the goats as the coop we built wasnt moveable and we are out of money to build something more substantial. I thought that I could keep the hoop coop door closed and keep the chicken feed inside and DH cut the bottom out of a cat litter bucket and we wedged it into the wire on the back of the coop for the hen door. So as soon as the smaller goat saw the hole, in she went, straight to the food. Any thoughts on what I can do or will the novelty just wear off? I cant just give them feed after I close them in at night, can I? The area they have to free range in is about a quarter acre. Is that enough during the day? I keep the chickens in until about 8:45 in the morning so they could eat in the morning before I let them out but I dont close them in until after dark. Also, I know there are some raccoons in the neighborhood and where we moved the chickens is more wooded, farther away from the house. Will the goats scare off any raccoons? I cant close the door on the coop any earlier because of work.