This is my first thread on this site. We have read some stuff on BYC that helped us out before. What I couldn't find out is how a raccoon, while right next to a bunch of chickens, wouldn't go in for the kill. We were coming home from work at around 7:30 PM, on Friday, and it was still daytime. Right when we pulled up this raccoon was right next to our five chickens. Our chickens were not even making any noise and the raccoon didn't bother them. This puzzled us and got me a little worried. We got out of the car and the raccoon went up a tree. I went inside the house and grabbed my rifle. I aimed and fired, but I missed, and the bugger got away. Today, this Saturday, our older rooster (Randy) was alerted and I went to the door. That coon was under the porch staring right at the chickens and ran off without noticing me. I got my rifle just in case it went after them. Well it never did. I'm wondering what's going on because it was eating the chicken's food but it didn't attack them. I'm hoping to catch it next to the chickens again tomorrow while we're off work. If I get a video or a picture then you'll see what we're seeing. I wonder if this coon is afraid of Randy. He is a bit big. He's bigger than the other roosters. We used to leave him out at night because he'd complain about getting locked up in the coop. He would sleep right next to the window of our bed. We would see raccoons, even possums, leave him alone. This went on for months. But one night, we were woken up by Randy screaming and I raced out the door to find a coon right on top of him. I yelled at it to get off and it ran away. Randy ran while being freaked out and I went over to calm him down. This is why we don't keep Randy out anymore. Before we go to work, we used to lock up our chickens. We don't do this anymore because they were unhappy. They use to get along too and now they fight in the coop. We think it's because we only have two hens and three roosters. Randy has claimed ownership over them and won't let the other two near them. Anyway... we are not sure what to do about this raccoon. Because of its strange behavior, could it be rabid? Could it be a domesticated raccoon? I have heard of people taming them and say they won't hurt chickens. But we are really confused and unsure of what to do.