My favorite hen was killed 2 days ago, and because of what I have read about raccoons, I feel sure that's what attacked her (her head was missing, her body dragged to the fence, etc.) I was wondering if anyone has used goats as a way to keep predators away from the chickens, and if it has worked for you. I had a Billy in rut in the pasture with the hens, but we removed him to keep him away from my nanny goats, and that is when the attack happened. I have had chickens for a year now, and never had a raccoon attack before, so I'm wondering if the Billy goat being gone had anything to do with the raccoons being brave enough to come into the pasture. Only animals in that pasture are chickens and goats. Thanks in advance for any advice. My chickens are pets, and I am heartbroken that they took the sweetest one.