The first night they killed one of our turkeys. The second night they ripped off one of our meat chickens wings. No loss there, I just butchered him. The third night they killed one of our 2 month old chicks. Even after I thought everything was pretty much secured those darn raccoons still got through. I have set the trap every night now and I just can't get them to go in the trap. So the fourth morning I went outside to let the girls and guys out of the coop and there was this gigantic raccoon just waiting for my chickens to come out into the fenced pasture area. I couldn't believe how brave they have gotten. So there I am throwing sticks trying to make it go up a tree so that I can get my pellet gun to shoot it. He just watched the sticks fly by him and walked off. I went running to let my dogs out and to get my gun just incase I would see him again. About 10 minutes later we were walking down the driveway about 500 feet back to the house and here is 2 raccoons crossing our path. I instantly told my dogs to chase them and of coarse now they're up into the trees. I though "perfect", now I can just load their butts with a bunch of pellets. I probably sat outside for 10 minutes shooting at them. While all of this is happening I did feel bad for the raccoons sitting up in the trees looking helpless while I shot at them. I do understand that they are just trying to find food to survive. But I am hoping that I made a bad enough impression on them that they won't come back. Has this worked for anyone else. I was leaving my dogs outside at night to scare them away but apparently the raccoons were just too quiet and sneaky. If the trap worked I was going to relocate them about 30 miles from our place. Like I said they just wouldn't fall for it.