Raccoons! This fall we will have had our chickens for a year. We never once had a problem with predictors. We usually have the dog in the back yard (on two sides of their pen in the yard) and the odd side of their pen is attached to the horse pasture. Well, a week ago we came out to a terrible massacre where "something" had literally tried to pull one of my Delaware's through a chainlink fence by the head. The chicken's head was through up to the chest. (This is going to be graphic)... Throat eaten out.. and then when we pulled the hen away we realized her insides were completely gone too. I was so mad and hurt! That's putting it loosely!! So, we started completely bolting them in the chicken house at night, and shame on us, we left the tiniest (it seemed) of holes open and the "thing" was able to squish through (not sure how!) and it killed TWO more!! It didn't even eat these, just killed them and left!!!!! My husband set a live trap and last night we caught a huge raccoon. I never in all my life wanted to do to an animal what I wanted to do to that one!! Ugh! Do raccoons run in packs? Will others come along? I think they may be eating the chicken feed too.. either that or they are just spreading it everywhere. We are setting more live traps tonight and we will continue until we have the whole clan.