I'm so sad this morning~ in the last 3 nights something has been getting into my nursery pen. After reading here I'm quite certain it is a raccoon. We have never had this problem in the 10 yrs wev'e had chickens. First night "something" got 4 of 6 8 wk old chicks, Mom and 2 others were unhurt.One carcass with head gone and inards missing just outside of pen, pile of feathers around. I moved the rest of them to the large coop for safety. Second night, after much reinforcing of pen with welded wire etc.(Nothing can get thru that!) new broody hen w/ 10 eggs under her~ Door to pen wide open and 2 eggs broken and empty, Mom clucking around out in the field. Door had been held shut with a piece of wood on an screw spun to hold it. Again reinforced the door with a real latch, weights in front of it and Mom was happy to get new eggs under her. Again Hubby said "Nothing will get in there now" Bad news, this morning~ Mom hen gone, feathers everywhere, all eggs broken in nest. No sign of entry. We hardly see raccoons around here altho I know they are around, sometimes see them sleeping by the side of the road. The top of the pen is only chicken wire with a few small gaps in it around the edges. Can a raccoon climb up walls 7 feet high, squeeze thru chicken wire and then remove a full grown Orp back thru the small opening? Does it eat the whole chicken while in there? Probably a coon right?? I want to go out right now and buy a trap--please what kind should I get? A large hav a heart(which I won't if I catch it!) What kind of bait? I always thought coon were very hard to catch due to their smarts. I'm petrified the offender will next move to the real coop(which we think is secure??) and try to get in to my 30 ladies. Thanks for help everyone.