Please someone tell me how to get rid of these creatures! A few months back we were healing a chicken that was given to us, he had a hurt leg- so I separated him from the rest of my chickens so they wouldn't peck him and hurt him-I had him in a rabbit hutch- one morning I went out there and he was gone the only thing left were a couple of scattered bloody feathers I know it was a raccoon because nothing else could have unlatched the latch! Then last night when I went to put the chickens in their house ( they are free range during the day in a fenced pen and sleep in a little house with doors that shut) I saw TWO huge raccoons in the pen and I hadn't put my chickens up yet! I screamed and clapped my hands together and they ran away- it left me shaky and afraid somehow they would get to my chickens during the night! Could someone tell me how I can scare them away for good? I'd hate to kill any creature as I am an animal lover, but these raccoons were as big as my dog!