We live in NY and have 5 chickens right now. Last summer we lost our chickens to a raccoon, so this year we have decided to put a wireless baby monitor in the chicken coop, and reinforce it. At night I can hear and see (it works in the dark) what is going on out there. Last night I woke to a lot of racket out there. We ran outside to find two raccoons trying to pull off the roof of the coop. I sprayed them with the hose (jet stream) but all they did was jump to a tree behind the coop. My husband and I stood there spraying, I was yelling and clapping my hands and shining a flash light at them. The raccoons did not budge, all they did was duck behind the tree trunk and wait for the water to stop. Rather or not they can get inside the coop, they can cause a lot of damage to it. Pulling off siding and shingles and tearing apart the wire outside enclosure. I am 6 months pregnant and concerned that if they are that fearless of humans, would one try to take me on one of these nights? I am quite certain relocating them is not an option. Our property borders some type of forest that is protected. I was wondering if we can do something to scare them enough to make them stay away. They do not move in the trees, they just stare back at us waiting for us to stop acting like clowns, it should be easy to aim a gun of some sort and shoot. I mean maybe something like a paint gun with different ammo to hurt them or scare them enough to make their experience here a bad one. Or some really loud or scary noise maker? My husband doesn't want to put electric wire around the coop, but if this keeps up every night, I am going to insist.