So, we had the first real snow fall last night. when I went out this morning to let the chooks out, I discovered That we had a nocturnal visitor. A racoon left his unmistakable little paw prints all over my coop in the layer of snow. I had been suspicious after finding my feed cans open the day before. I figured my kid had knocked them over, but it was no kid. Now I have to decide what to do about it. I really don't like the idea of killing it...it's jut trying to make a living like everybody else. I could even accept chicken loss but for the fact that hubby's and I will be away for a few days and the boy (13) will be on chicken duty before and after school and in the care of the grand parental units...I don't want granny and boy wonder chasing coons or picking up chicken parts. We set up a game cam tonight to see what exactly the little bandit is up to. I'm sure it's no good. The girls are locked up tight. I had planned to leave the coop door open while we are away as the run is reasonably secure...no fort Knox or anything, but I hadn't counted on a prowling raccoon.