I started with keeping chickens (Golden Comets) two years ago. Due to various mishaps, maladies and mistakes, I only have one left out of four. I bought some 4 week old Marans before Christmas, and last night raccoons (I think) got into the chicken yard and killed 4 of the 8 week old Marans. I'm a city person who moved to the country and know nothing about raccoons. Will they be back? My husband wants to take the 22 and sit and wait for them to come back. Now that the raccoons have eaten 4, will I always have to lock up my chickens? Help! We did lock everyone into the coop tonight. We thought they were protected in the yard with the chicken wire, but we were very, horribly wrong.