Raccoons Eating Chicken Feed


In the Brooder
Sep 2, 2020
Help! Raccoons are eating our chicken feed every night. We first started noticing a disturbance around the coop a couple weeks ago, put out a trap, and have been catching 2-3 raccoons a week. I stopped putting food scraps in the chicken run to avoid attracting predators, but that didn’t seem to help. We finally put a camera out, and sure enough, every night a raccoon or two comes up to snack on the chicken food. We use this feeder:
They don’t lift up the lid to get to the food (we have it strapped down), but are able to get to the food from the bottom.

We use Purina Organic Layer Pellets. I’ve read other posts on here that say raccoons aren’t interested in chicken feed since it is mostly grains, but they sure seem to enjoy it here! Our coop itself is very secure, so thankfully they haven’t gotten to our chickens yet.

Anyone have any suggestions for a feeder we could use that is more “raccoon proof”? Completely enclosing the chicken run is not practical for us, as it’s a large area. We do have a fence around it, but the raccoons obviously climb right over it. I also realize that we could bring the food in and out of the garage every morning/night, but this is a little bit of a pain for us.

Thank you in advance!
Raccoons are much stronger, much more dextrous, and much smarter than chickens. Most are heavier, some are smaller. There is nothing short of something high tech like a facial recognition trigger that will keep the raccoons out of a feeder that a chicken can get into.

Electric fence is probably the most affordable way to fence raccoons out of a large area.

You might consider securely fencing a small area within your large area if you want to leave the feeder outside.
Electric fencing! @Howard E , @cmom , and Premier1supplies.com all have good advice, and Premier has excellent products too.
Our feed is only in our secure coop/ run, never out where other critters can reach it. One day those raccoons will show up when your coop is open, and you will loose your flock too.
And a smaller really safe run will also be good; that's what we've done; a coop and small run, roofed and secure, so that when our birds can't be out, they still have plenty of space.

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