This I think will be different from most considerations, sleeping in close proximity to chickens all night long. I am having dog X fireworks issues making so raccoon management not ideal. Loan raccoon appears to be very trapwise so until I get dogs back into game I will be sleeping in barn with most vulnerable birds. A previous night the raccoon came in and chased chickens for a good while, but could catch only a chick penned in a rabbit pen. Lights on made so chickens could see and evade raccoon. Raccoons are not very good as pursuit predators. The raccoon is a large boar that knows to watch direction of house very closely. I am experimenting with lures and trap locations to see if I can trip him up. Cool observations coming from sleeping in such close proximity to the birds. Behaviors not entirely natural because of supplemental light levels but interesting none the less. About 30 of the birds are roosting free range while about the same number are penned.