So the other evening I had 5 hens beaten to death by a suspected raccoon(s). 3 left dead in the free range area and 2 missing. 1 of the missing i only found a legand thigh bone (hinting at multiple preditors). the 5th only feathers. I have different breeds for each bird so it's easy to tell them apart. so what happens first, vengence. I tracked the surrounding woods for signs of animals. plenty of trails and scat to track. found a hole. wasn't sure if it was raccoon or fox or else but I had a start. *picture uploaded.* so i set a trap. *picture uploaded* havahart trap cpvered with sticks then leaves and straw. also put leaves and straw on the floor of the cage. I put a chicken leg in the cage wired down and in one night I have Raccoon. *no picture*. I'm not giving the ******* any fame. Now i did use a trap to release it but he didn't look healthy so I decided to shoot him. currently he trap is reset and waiting for his partner in crime. I also concidered the spring snare traps to pu on their trail system but haven't done it yet. still considering. Also with out first child due in May I wasn't sure if I should buy more chickens or live with the 4 i have remaining... what hurts most is 2 of the birds killed were previously injured that i spent weeks nursing back to full health. one prolaps victim and the other had her comb ripped aprt in a rooster fight. fun fact side note* the previously mentioned rooster was put down because he was too aggressive and mean was used as the bait to catch the raccoon. the irony is if i hadn't put him down he may have put up a hell of a fight on that raccoon. I'll be limiting my free ranging for now. and stick with the fortress they have for a coop and cage. thank you for your time, sad in maryland.