Today I heard my birds freaking out, I ran outside to find my rooster and hens cornered by a mother raccoon and her 4 babies. The raccoon was in a stare down with my rooster and neither had advanced on the other. It was in broad daylight, maybe around 2:30 in the afternoon and even when I showed up the raccoons were not retreating. I grabbed my rifle and killed the mother, then shortly after the young raccoons. After it happened I sort of felt bad, conflicted. I told one of my friends and she freaked out. I don't know what to think, I'm under the impression that if I didn't kill them now I just would be killing them in two months. I guess I'm just seeing if other people have encountered this problem and what they did. I promise I'm not some weirdo who gets his fun by killing anything that moves.