At about 5:30 yesterday I heard a very loud clucking coming from the yard. It was my Buff Orpington, Kitty (The Alpha)- she always gets real loud when she sees another animal. It could be a bear, duck, snake, or apparently a raccoon. By the time I got outside 2 of the Orps were walking side by side toward the raccoon, who was warily backing up. I kept yelling at the girls to come back, but they followed it until it was off the property. I grabbed a stick and ran after the thing, yelling trying to scare it off. I don't know if the raccoon was rabid - it looked healthy and it wasn't foaming at the mouth. I did look a little thin, so perhaps hunger is what made it hunt in the daylight. They are usually nocturnal, but not always. I was really shocked that it didn't grab one of the girls. I have a total of 42, so maybe it didn't want to get pecked by 42 chickens?? So I put all of the chickens back in the run, and I will not be letting them out for a while. I am afraid it will come back. Has anyone else had an experience like this??