I have had chickens now a little over a year, no problems. I let my ladies out of the fenced in run to forage around 6 and bring them in a little before 8, dusk here. They will not go in with out me (maybe they think I am the rooster?). Three days ago I went out in the AM to let my ladies out of their coop and found a crime scene. Feathers everywhere, in the coop, in their caged in area and in the fenced in pen. Doors torn off, and two chickens gone. Found them a ways off, one mostly eaten the other missing it's head. Sorry, I know it's gross. My husband and I beefed up security and set a live trap to catch the evil critter that did this. Last night I went out to bring the ladies in. They were waiting on top of the coop, as always. Picked up one lady and was going to put her in the caged area (there is a fully caged area attached to the coop, inside a fence run) and there was a raccoon inside the caged area, under the coop!! I put lady back on top of the coop, locked the critter inside and got my husband, who "took care of it". My question is: How do I keep raccoons out of the coop while the chickens are out? they are much smarter that I thought and wondering what some more experienced owners think.