This evening when it was still quite bright out my mother and I were sitting out back watching momma Pepper and her chicks along with the other chickens. Kernal and his hen were along side of the privacy fence to my neighbors yard. All of a sudden my mom yells out....RACCOON!!!!! It was sitting on top of the fence right above Kernal and he didn't even know! My mom beat me to it with a stick but I was right behind her with a steel rake (the hard prong type). We scared it off and it ran under my neighbors shed. After this was all over I was thinking... If my mother would of had miss_jayne's varmint shovel she could of smack that thing clear across our neighbors yard It was a youngster but still. It looked at MY chickens WRONG and to be out in daylight?! Tonight I have a livetrap set with marshmellows. You peaked over the wrong fence buster!