Today mother saw something that scared the poop out of the chickens. She said the body was grey, black, and brown. It was fat. The tail was fat and was white with black bands. She said it moved so fast, but she sprayed it with the garden hose. It sounds like a raccoon? Mom even said that she's never seen one out here till now. I'm wondering how the heck it got out here. Right now I'm researching desert animals. Mom also said it was small, maybe 1 foot or 2 foot long. So according to what I'm reading, it's either a raccoon or ringtailed cat. Anyone got any info on desert raccoons? Or ringtails? Coop is now cat proof.. I take precautions whenever a cat comes around. Just the other day I heard a cat yowling and hissing somewhere around my backyard fence and the dogs barking like crazy. So I make sure everyone is safe by putting extra wood against the doors and such. *I showed mom a pic of a ringtail and a raccoon. Mom says ringtailed-cat. Do they kill chickens? She said it was on top of the food storage bins.