Hi everyone. I'm in East Texas, recently moved into a home on 2+ acres, partially wooded. Thursday was the first day I have ever lost a hen to a predator (except that one time the girls got into the backyard with the dogs) I need some help identifying what it was, and then advice on how to get rid of the problem. My initial guess is a raccoon. I don't have any pictures, it was pretty gruesome and I didn't think to take pictures. What happened, Thursday morning we left around 10 am, my husband has classes. We returned home around 3pm. The hens are in a shed, in an old metal bar dog kennel, wrapped in wire, as we have only been living there a few days and haven't had a chance to make their run. Something pulled the wire around the cage up, grabbed the hen by the face/neck and proceeded to pull her through the kennel with some force. It was not successful, though it did manage to snap her neck. I came home, saw she was dead, saw a chunk of feathers (assumed whatever it was pulled her head off) and the hen pulled through the bars up to her shoulders, neck stretched way out, legs tangled in the bars. I assumed the predator pulled her head off, it did not. There was no blood, no puncture wounds, no bite marks, almost like a kid playing a prank. Just grabbed her, yanked as hard as they could to kill her, then left. I am concerned if this is a raccoon, because she was killed in the middle of the day, in 85 degree weather in broad daylight. I know they are not typically day time killers. I have two pyrenees that are indoor house pets that I feel like are about to get promotions, and in an hour I am picking up a rooster. Because it is better protection than the nothing they have now. Is it legal in Texas to kill raccoons? Do I have to trap it and call animal control? I know if it is a raccoon, it will continue to come back. Our neighbors have a large number of chickens and roosters and said they haven't had issues with predators. All the girls are in the house for now until I can find a way to secure their safety. I have heard electric wiring around the bottom of their cage and a predator light for night, but since whatever this is, is obviously coming around during the day, what can i do past the dogs and the rooster to protect my flock from Mr. Murder?