So I have had this pesky racoon that has killed my favorite Buff Orpington Pullet Ms. Thang and my Peking duckling (poor duck was ripped out of the house from the gable and Ms. Thang lost her head!) and tonight he struck again while I was on the computer. I heard one of my 3 mo old Roos go crazy and ran outside to find a racoon in the chicken coop. I have it covered, but he sneaked in under it. The guys ran out of their small house and he ran in, so we locked it up. While I was gathering up the guys, I heard another noise and when I thought I was finished there was another racoon pacing by the woods! I thought catching the one in the coop would solve my problems, but now I have another to deal with. The boys are fine and I moved them into a caged hutch. No one was killed, just some feathers scattered around. I was just glad I ran out there in time. I don't like to keep them caged up even though the cages are roomy, but after this its better this way and safer. I'll dispose of the racoon in the morning. I love raising chickens, but I never realised how persistant and savage racoons could be. I live next to a busy street and even though there are woods in the back (protected wetlands), I thought that would scare them away, but it doesn't. Even us city folk have these problems too.