First, do NOT try to tell me how "cute" raccoons are. In fact, it's best to not attempt to tell any chicken owner that ... especially not one who has had to deal with the aftermath. I knew there was at least one chicken-eating raccoon around, because my neighbor lost all but one hen to a raccoon back in the spring. I saw the blood splatters on her coop before she washed them off.
The good news is we only lost one chick this time. The bad news is the varmint will be back, probably tonight. The ugly news is I awoke at 0200 and 0400 (approximately) because I was having dreams of going out and finding dead chicks. Ugh. Next time I have dreams like that, I will be going out to check on all the birds!
Now, for a not-really-bad pic of the poultry wire pulled out in the corner.
|corner where raccoon hit, pulling out the wire|
So hubby and I are heading into town to buy enough stuff to make a second chick tractor, with the modifications we talked about yesterday. These modifications certainly do include half-inch hardware cloth!
I guess this can be put down as a hard lesson learned. Raccoons are stronger than I thought. I am assuming they are every bit as difficult to catch/trap/kill as their reputation suggests.