I have 4 Rhode Island reds, just over 2 weeks old, all hens. Raising them for eggs for the family. I have a good start with them in a brooder, keeping them warm, plenty of fresh water and food. I have a good idea of how I'm going to build my coup and run, and have been looking at many designs online. I'm thinking about 4' by 4' for the coup, 2 nesting boxes, a light for the extreme cold months (NW Ohio) and a perch inside. Then the outside run will be completely caged in about 4' by 10' with 2' high sides and a gable style roof, and maybe a perch in the run area. Eventually I will fence an area outside the run for them to roam when I am outside. I can't let them roam much, I own 3 and a half acres of a 14 acre wood. My main concern is raccoons, I know they are smart, curious, and persistent. This may be a silly question but do racoons ever have any luck finding their way past certain types of latches on coups? If any of you could give me any tips on making my coup raccoon proof so I don't have to do adjustments later that would be appreciated. Thanks, and I'm looking forward to learning alot about raising chickens from this forum.