With all the awful stories of killings by raccoons and neighbor dogs, I thought I'd start a thread of happy stories to prove you CAN have control over predator loss (if you take the right precautions). There's no need to watch all your chickens be decimated over time and then give up chickens entirely because you are disheartened. (This happened to a man who was walking his dog by our house yesterday evening. He commented about our chickens, then told his own story from where he used to live. He had tons of chickens, and then over time, raccoons killed ALL his chickens. (Meanwhile, I was thinking, 'after the first few, didn't you use your head and change something in the way you keep them?????!!!!') I haven't had loss from a predator (since we got chicks in May 2007), because our run is made of hardware cloth on all sides (and buried deep), and the coop and latches are built like Fort Knox. Anyone else with no horror stories?