Okay I recently lost my rooster and my duck to... something. at first I assumed a cat, but tonight while coming home a saw... a coon!!! I have never seen one in our neiborhood before! I have had chickens for 3 years with little problems. I had left the gate open once and a dog had gotten a duck but other than that... My chickens were left to free range 85% of the time, locked up only when it was really cold, or while we are mowing and the like. But a couple days ago I go out to be greeted by my hen and the duck, I knew something was wrong, I look down towards the coop to find fluff. and over in the neibors yard more fluff. what ever killed him drug him over the fence to eat him. I immedatly locked up my girls (they haven't been out since.) I figured the duck would be safe since he could black so he shouldn't be seen... and he could fly. but the next morning he didn't greet me, and he was laying by the coop... eaten to the bone. I have been so scared for my girls that I haven't been able to let them out since. Is it a cat or a coon? Is there anyway I can fix a coon problem? I am never going to leave my birds free range at night ever... but I don't know how to feel safe letting them out during the day.