how long after dark does a raccoon come out?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by sydney13, Jul 16, 2010.

  1. sydney13

    sydney13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2010
    do raccoons tend to come out right at dark or a few hours later? i was wondering because it gets dark at about 8:30 here and if we eat out tonight and get home at 9pm im not sure if i should leave the coop door open or send the hens in before they are ready for bed [​IMG]
    what would you do? the coop is 100% secure but the run is 0% secure
  2. Leia's Chickens

    Leia's Chickens A Sunkissed Delight

    Jun 20, 2010
    Almost immediately here.
  3. Beth G.

    Beth G. Gaetano Family Farm

    I've seen them out right at dusk but, it's hard to say. I tend to lock my in at 8:15 to 8:30 and I live on the eastcoast in CT.
  4. Papadavid

    Papadavid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 1, 2010
    I have saw 'coons out 2-3 hours after daylight and before dusk. Like humans and all other animals, they look for food and water when ever they want it.
  5. mlorne

    mlorne Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 30, 2010
    Around our place the adults come out at all times. I've seen them wandering around at 10:00 in the morning. The juveniles seem to come out at about the same time my dusk to dawn light comes on, about an hour after the sun has gone down.
  6. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    It is not so much about night and day as it is about when human activity dies down , when there are no people around doing things animals take advantage of the situation and feast. I have seen raccoons raid dumpsters that had security lights on all night they did not care it was bright as day there were just no people around and with the lights on it was probably easier for them to see what they were eating / doing [​IMG]
  7. Debob

    Debob Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 17, 2010
    We see them right at dusk,and early in the a.m. They were in the yard at 6: am this morning. with the electric fence on they didn't even go close to the run.
  8. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 7, 2009
    Southeast texas
    I have photos of them on my cam at all hours of the night starting a dusk all the way threw dawn ,

    I do have one that comes out in the daytime, she somehow caught herself in the live trap and i had it ib the locked position anyway when i went to turn her loose i found she was blind in one eye so figured thats why she is out at the feeder in the daytime ,my guineas get within 3 to 4 feet of her chattering away but she never messes with them .
  9. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Raccoons will hunt 24/7, especially when there are young ones being raised. They will come out all day as well as all night. aprophet is right, it depends more upon human/dog activity.
  10. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    sydney, you are so wise to ask. Better to err on the side of caution as one never knows whether something like a flat tire could delay return home. I know how they hate to go in earlier than they want to, but it's better. You can give them some treats to keep them busy when you have to lock them in early [​IMG]

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