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user 12366937
San Francisco, CA
Post #: 1
We hear different legends about raccoons. Some say they will reach right in and yank the little chicken's head off. Others say that raccoons are too lazy, interested in garbage and easy picken's. Have seen raccoons in our back yard, so we know they come around. How careful do we need to be about the coop and run security?
Oakland, CA
Post #: 26
Very careful - racoons are smart determined meat eating predators and will reach through wire with their small strong clawed "hands" and grab anything they can reach, pulling pieces of your birds through wire. They will also carry off a bird leaving a blood trail. Once they taste your hens, they will not be deterred and can't be shooed away - their departure should be permanent. The best way to do that in the city is to trap in a have-a-heart trap baited with catfood and tip it into a trashcan and drown them, then dump them in the trash - don't worry, there are tons of racoons - they are a very successful predator and our backyard birds are very tempting to them. Your coop should be a fortress with not even the tiniest hole for access at night - weasels are also a problem in the country - they also kill for fun but are too small to carry off a bird and often just bit off the heads.
A former member
Post #: 12
Be diligent and smart -- make SURE you secure your chickens from raccoons. Raccoons got one of our chickens and she was in the coop at night. Someone forgot to latch the door properly (we have 3 small children who love to "check on the chickens" and imagine one forgot to close the latch the right way). I'm telling you, its no picnic losing a chicken to raccoons. They are violent ruthless predators and a huge danger to your chickens. Although there won't be "a crumb" to be found, the sight in your backyard if you do become victim with turn your stomach and leave you feeling guilty as heck about the demise of one chicken and the trauma her other coop-mates had to watch.
Latch them up at dusk and don't let you chickens out again until sunrise.
If it weren't for those pesky raccoons, I think everyone in the City would keep chickens!
A former member
Post #: 7
They will do anything they can to get to the Hens
be careful as they are smart

Cheers Peter

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