My hens and I had a big scare today. The hens were free-ranging, which I let them do a couple of hours a day under my watchful eye, and a raccoon came out of the garden and chased them right across my patio! I thought they were nocturnal. I chased the raccoon, and we came face-to-face about 6 feet apart. Then he ran away and up a tree. My two boys got rocks and started pelting him, knocking him out of the tree. He took off into a neighbor's backyard. My hens are fine, my boys are proud at protecting their mom's hens, I'm shaken to the bone!