Need Horror stories -- when coops fail and predators win

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by OScarlet, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. OScarlet

    OScarlet Songster

    Jul 30, 2013
    Did you build what you thought was a Fort Knox that some predator got into? My teenage son thinks I am being over dramatic and there is no way a raccoon can do what I'm saying they can do -- one example he scoffed at -- raccoon on roof reaching down and pulling door open, another opening latches etc. He thinks good enough is good enough.
  2. redstar14

    redstar14 Chirping

    Aug 13, 2013
    Raccoons can open latches and ive heard stories of chickens heads being pulled off through fencing
  3. write2caroline

    write2caroline Songster

    Jun 21, 2009
    Fort Clucks





    I have never had any predators get into either of these two coops when I latched the doors at night. I live on 5 acres four of which is wooded and I have seen plenty of raccoon prints around the coops. My a frame coops which I thought were fort knox had twice been infiltrated. Even though the side panels were really heavy the raccoons could reach up and did damage. The blue coop is a simple pallet coop on stilts because I don't like to stoop over it when cleaning and we get heavy enough summer rains to get some flooding so I wanted them up off the ground.

  4. chfite

    chfite Songster

    Jun 7, 2011
    Taylors, SC
    I don't have any horror stories, but I have read plenty. I feel sure that you could find many videos on YouTube to demonstrate the facility that raccoons have in opening doors, latches, and such.

    If you can open it by pushing, pulling, squeezing, a raccoon can do it as well. I use combinations that require an opposable thumb action plus one other action to open. Animals can be persistent as well.

    Animals are much stronger than you would think compared to a similarly sized human. I think that the evidence is out there. You have only to look.

  5. elrener

    elrener In the Brooder

    Aug 17, 2013
    Middleburg, FL
    I don't have any raccoon stories. I did have some dogs tear the fencing from the side of the coop where it was nailed on and kill 16 out of 23 chickens. How'd they know to get in there?

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