My DH looked out the window this morning and said "did you let the chickens out?" Suffice it to say I had no idea what he was talking about. I went out there post haste to find that the door to the coop was open with the caribeener (sp?) clip was on the ground. We know that there has been a raccoon around but this must have taken the thing a mighty effort to open it, hold it open, and maneuver it through the latch. The clip we have is not easy to open! Thankfully all the hens are safe and accounted for, no obvious injury to any of them. We will now be moving the outside feed bin away from the door since the darn thing must have been been sitting on it to reach the latch. I had thought it was my goats that have been caving in that lid all the time but now I'm pretty darn sure that bugger has been at this for a while now trying to figure out the latch. I'm just glad the girls are OK. It's a big door so if it swung open the girls probably flew out over the coon's head before they could be cornered and caught. I know that when I open the door to let them out they fly out at my shoulder height if they have been roosting. If they are on the floor they just calmly hop out.