We've recently had a HUGE raccoon problem. The raccoons are huge, the population is huge, the problem is huge. 6 years I've had chickens and haven't had shut and lock the coop at night until this spring. We had a raccoon get in (not that hard when your run is topped with chicken wire and your hen house door is wide open). He grabbed a hen but couldn't get her out through the hole he came in through. Now, this may not seem funny to some but you have to try to visualize it. I wake up at 4:00AM to a screaming hen. I run outside with my flashlight and .22 rifle. I shine the light on the coop and there is a raccoon on top of the run trying to tug a screaming thrashing chicken through a hole that is too small. He just keeps yanking her and she keeps flapping. It was like a monkey with it's hand in a box. You know, he grabs the banana inside then can't get his hand out cuz he's holding onto the banana. Anyway... Raccoon dropped the chicken and I missed him with the .22. Needless to say I have been locking them up every night since. So... to get to my point of this thread... What is my best solution? We like to go camping last minute a lot and it's a pain to have someone come and lock up the chickens at night then let them out in the morning. My setup is a "hen house" inside a chain link dog kennel. I either need to come up with a raccoon proof top for the whole kennel or put in an automatic hen door. The door would need to be a timer type because my duck is always the last one in at night and sometimes it takes him till midnight to go in. Our raccoon problem seems to be at its worst between 2-6:00AM. The only power I have out to my coop is an extension cord that we run for the water bowl in the winter. You guys are always coming up with nifty ways to solve problems so I figured maybe someone would have an idea or two or ten for me. Also if you have a chicken door that you love I'd like to hear about it.