I'm devastated.. our favorite hen, Sylvia, was recently killed by the local raccoons. They tore through our chicken wire and got inside the run, then inside the coop. What hurts the most is that raccoons only kill chickens for sport.. they don't actually eat them. We patched the hole and my neighbors who also love our chickens, have been helping to lock up the coop at night and unlock it in the morning. However, the raccoons terrorize my chickens every night. My son spent all night chasing them off -- they're huge and relentless. I also heard from some of my local friends, that I'm not the only one being terrorized by them right now.. Do any of you have any methods for deterring them, that actually works? Short of rebuilding our entire setup, I don't know how to prevent what's happening. We're only going to be able to keep the girls for about another year and I want to protect them as best I can between now and then.