Raccoon's sometimes make their homes under hen houses and seem to get along quite will until they have baby raccoon's then the mothers tend to be fierce and protective of their young just as most bird and animal mothers are. During this time a mother raccoon will kill anything she deems a threat to her young, including your chickens! According to Raccoon's Wildlife conflicts information website raccoon's have favorite places they like to nest or live in.
Raccoon's favorite places to live are in:
Raccoons. retrieved 10/31/2013. Wildlife conflicts. Purdue.edu http://www3.ag.purdue.edu/entm/wildlifehotline/pages/raccoons.aspx
Facts & Pictures of Raccoon's
How to protect your chickens from raccoon's
The best way to protect your chickens from raccoon's is to find out more about their habits and make some simple adjustments to keep them away. You can also use live traps to catch them, once caught you should call your local game warden or animal control center so they can humanely relocate the coon or coons.
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How to stop raccoon's from entering your home or hen house
Use hardware cloth to cover openings such as chimneys, windows, attic vents, and any other opening that could be large enough for an animal to get through.
If you have pet doors be sure to lock them at night with a secure lock. Raccoon's are smart and have been known to unlock simple hook and eye locks and slide bolt locks but cannot unlock padlocks with combination or keys.
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