So Gator saved the chickens, yet again, last night. This time it was really **** close. He had started barking like crazy a little bit at around midnight so I came down but we couldn't see anything so all went back to bed. I wasn't asleep yet then but fell asleep shortly after going back upstairs. Well apparently at around 2 or 2:30 after I was asleep, Gator started going crazy again and this time he was really mad. My dad says that he turned the light on to see not one but TWO adult raccoons on top of the run!!! They were trying to get in and according to him, one was on top, and one was trying to get the gate open. The run is a chainlink dog kennel. But we don't have a roof, just bird netting and then plywood over half. We checked this morning and they had made a hole in the netting so he got to them just in time. But he says the **** things weren't phased at all by the deck light turning on or by Gator's barking. Not even by my dad going out on the deck. So finally he let Gator outside and he ran them off. Thinking back on it, at midnight they were probably in the woods or general area and he knew it. But it was close. But my dad says the stupid things wouldn't go inside the coop or back on the roof (I'm glad they didn't go back up there) or even under the coop but instead piled together on the ground I think in a corner. But I just went out and saw the hole for myself and it was really close! I'll try to get a picture. But SO. Besides putting a roof on the run, is there anything we can do to prevent further attacks? I know they need a roof but I was thinking of something temporary like another piece of plywood over the hole or a tarp or something. And maybe a lock in the gate or something? Or just locking them inside every night? We were thinking of buying a few pieces of wood and some of those clear corrugated plastic roof panels to put on top of the run and that would be able to be transferred to the new run too so not wasted. But my dad just had a hip replacement on Wednesday and I have a project due this coming Wednesday the 7th so we won't be able to do that for a little while. So I'm thinking something in the meantime. But we have never had a problem with raccoons so I was not expecting it. Foxes, yes. Hawks, yes. Raccoons, no. So we've been lucky I guess. I mean, I knew having a chainlink run (with the big openings) and bird netting for a roof was risky but we've been lucky. The new coop and run will be more secure with a roof and I'll lock them in. I guess I should lock them in here too? Thank God for Gator I guess is all I can say for now. He has saved them countless times. Of course, he didn't notice the actual hawk attack this spring when we almost lost one and they all went missing, but he has prevented other attacks. To be fair, hawks really give no warning and are silent, you see a 4 legged predator long before they attack. But yeah, he's saved them several times now. The fox has been back at least two or three times and now the raccoons.