I'm so sad, the girls were growing so quickly. I went to feed them and was horrified to find that a predator had found its way into the run/coop. Those poor babies. It killed three of my seven 8 week old chicks in a way that made me think it must have been a raccoon. I'd thought the coop was well fortified. Chicken wire, hardware cloth, but I missed a place that it must have squeezed in...do raccoons squeeze through narrow spaces? burrow? Would a rat rip heads off and eat entrails? All that said, I think I've patched the one hole that seemed to have been a potential entry point, but I'd still love to get the girls to settle more safely into the hen house at night. They seem to be up and down into it all day long, but don't move in for the evening. Any thoughts of how to keep them safe? Thanks so much for your advice on my last post. The coop and house seemed perfect. It's a hard lesson, but I'm not giving up, and I have three beauties to protect, still.