There has been a raccoon roaming around my home for the past few weeks, eating our outdoor cat's food, getting into the chicken feed, etc. Last night, it climbed over the chicken pen, under the nailed down tarp that covered the top of the pen, and killed 6 of our 8 juvenile chickens in there, include my little bantam, Chickpea, who was my favorite. We are just heartbroken. The stupid coon didn't even eat them, just killed them. One is barely alive, but I don't think it's going to make it, though my daughter is hoping it will. The juvenile rooster is the only one who survived unscathed. Our three silkies were in a cage on our porch, so they were safe, thank goodness. I wish I had a gun. I'd go coon hunting! In the future, we are going to put wire over the top and across the floor of the pen. And the next batch of chickens we get, we aren't naming them, so we don't get attached to them so much. (These would run to the door and let you pet them. I've cried all day - over chickens!) Rest in peace, Chickpea, Cooper, Copper, Phoenix, Ladyhawke, Foghorn, and Raven. You were sweet little chickens.