Our farm is under siege by one or more raccoons. At first, I suspect, they were just taking eggs, but yesterday morning, we lost four full grown chickens. One was eaten on site, two more were just killed, and one is missing, perhaps dragged off somewhere. We made sure that coop was doubly secure last night, and checked all the others. Not much to do about those pasture pens, though.
This morning, out there in that pasture, the nearest coop had damage to the door covering, like there had been a large weight on it. We couldn’t see any loss of life, though. A little farther along, we found a small dead chicken in front of the coop with the largest birds. At first, I thought the raccoon fished it out of the first pen and just ate it up here. But then, we got to the last coop, and the carnage was awful. We lost at least eight birds in an attack last night. They just kill for sport, these raccoons. They eat some, but others, they just maul and leave for dead.
Davey spent last night, till about 11:30, up on the roof, waiting for this monster to arrive, but I think they’re attacking in the early morning. I’m just sick over these attacks. Raccoons are not merciful, and we won’t be, either.