4 AM...chickens squawking over the baby moniter in my bedroom! I ran downstairs and out the door with 20 ga. pump and flashlight and there was a racoon under the bushes where he had just grabbed one of four 4 week old chicks and bitten it's head off. Thank goodness the other chickens flew off. I could not get a shot off because my flashlight was too dim, forgot to change batteries. But he didn't get a good meal so will most likely return tonight and I will get revenge for my baby. I shot two other racoons about 7 months ago so I know how to sit and wait for hours if need be. Hardest part is staying awake at my old age. At least the weather is warm now. All my other chickens are locked in the big chicken house at night. These few free range and roost in holly bushes in the front yard right under the kitchen windows ...where I have my moniter. There are 2 roosters and several hens and their 4-8 week old babies. I caught the remaining three 4 week old chicks and brought them inside as they were visibly shaken. I may put the others up this evening and just let one roo stay as a lure. I already cut the bottom brush so will have a good shot. Hope I don't put a hole in my house foundation. Oh, well.