Hi, I am brand-spanking-new to BYC and, I must say, am thrilled to come across such a cool website packed with great info & advice. I was raised with city chickens, ducks, turkeys and you name it. I live in San Diego and just built 2 chicken coops(one for my mom) with new bantam cochins & silkies hatching this week. I am pretty sure our coop design will keep predators out but we do have a raccoon the cruises through the yard about every few weeks & ravages through my pond. I am going to attach a few picks of our "coop de jour" to pick your brains on any raccoon worries or any advice on what we could add on as protection. All of the doors have locks including latches on the removable roof. We will only be having 3-4 batams but want to make sure this sneaky coon doesn't get to them somehow. This was so fun to built & even more fun to decorate. We're not even done yet. Thanks in advance!!! Excited to join the BYC group, Dana & family 2 crazy cats, 2 moody guinea pigs and chicken hatchlings on the way.