Well, I figured it would only be a matter of time before these masked predators paid us a visit. We've had our 8 hens since mid June. They are in a big coop with an enclosed run. We just put our six chicks out in the chicken tractor we built for them three days ago. My husband was out working in the garage until late last night. He said my dog had been barking for quite some time before he shut the lights off and headed for the house. He stopped to check on the situation before coming inside. My dog, who is tied up right in front of the chicken coop/run had at least two coons up in the very tree to which she is tied. DH of course came inside and woke me. Long story short, we were up for quite a while in the middle of the night trying to do all we could to ensure the safety of all our chickens. I got a live trap today and I'm anxious to see if we capture any of those deceptively cute little buggers that can't seem to resist going after everyone's chickens.