will chickens be stressed or unhappy in a structure that used to have lots of raccoon activity?

elmwoodchickens

Hatching
5 Years
Apr 26, 2014
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Hi,
I am thinking about converting an old play fort into our first coop. It has not been used for years, and has lots of chew marks around windows and on other wood. I am pretty sure that this is from raccoons. I have not seen any raccoons since we moved in, maybe because we have an energetic dog.

I am committed to fixing all the damage, and making it predator-proof, I am just worried that the old raccoon smells will stress out the birds.

Any advice?

Thanks,
Dave
 

Folly's place

Crossing the Road
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Not a problem that way, BUT make sure you clean it as well as possible, especially if there's raccoon poo. Wear gloves and a mask! Otherwise, should be great. Dispose of raccoon poo in the trash , don't spread it on your property. Ugh! Mary
 
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