How to stop raccoons from killing everything.

JasperMoon

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So our flocks (30 hens 5 roosters 3 Guineas,4 ducks,2 turkeys,5 bantams) were all wiped out by coons, we only have one guinea one Rooster one hen and one bantam hen left, I know we are planning on getting some Champion placing Wyandotte hens and a rooster, aswell as some others for rebuilding our flocks. (also some Harlequins and more Sebrights) however is there anyway we can keep the coons away, I know my father has captured and killed several coons caught in traps by the coops. Our bantam hen decided to join our goats heard (Mini Silky Fainting Goats) and is doing just fine, but I am just worried everything will get killed again. Is there anything yall can suggest to just keep the predictors away?
Edit: The do free range and there are some pictures of the coop (though they are old but the coop is in the same condition.)
 
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FortCluck

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Once they get a food source, they'll keep coming back. I would set up traps and move them if it's legal to do so in your area. I would also make the coop predator proof so that they have a challenge trying to get in. Electric fencing around their coop/run area would help as well.

Game wardens can also help remove predators (well the ones in my area are good with helping)
 

JasperMoon

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You need to make your coop and run predator safe. A photo of your set up would be helpful. Then we could give specific advice.
We for the most part let our flocks free range, but here is a picture Its very old, They usually slept in the rafters if not in the back part witch has an interior door
 

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ValerieJ

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We for the most part let our flocks free range, but here is a picture Its very old, They usually slept in the rafters if not in the back part witch has an interior door
I suspect the raccoons are getting them when they are free ranging. Am I right? Are they reaching in through the holes in the chicken wire and popping off heads?
 

JasperMoon

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I suspect the raccoons are getting them when they are free ranging. Am I right? Are they reaching in through the holes in the chicken wire and popping off heads?
We have found them in the coop out of the coop, in the woods but usually around dusk though right before we locked them up in the coop.the wired in area I dont think we have found them in the area though.
 

JasperMoon

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A predator safe coop and run is the only way to be sure they are safe. Trapping and disposing of local raccoons only means temporary "safety" as new ones soon move in. Or some other predator will get them. Free range is fine, only if you accept there is risk.
I have posted some pictures of the coop, note the hole in the back leads to a well fenced in area for the chickens to go before we open up the coop in the morning.
 

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