Protect Backyard Chickens from Raccoons

This week is the beginning of a series that will explore the many predators that threatens the backyard chicken flock. Proper identification of the predatory threat is key to implementing the right solution to this problem and keeping your hens safe.

chickensThe first predator we will look at will be the masked bandit commonly known as raccoon, or scientifically speaking-  procyon loter. This omnivorous creature can range in size from 23.5 in. to 37.5 in. and 4 to 23 lbs. In the wild, the raccoon lives an average of 2-3 years. If near water, they like to eat frogs and crayfish and other aquatic treats. On land, they will grab mice, insects and most applicably to us tasty eggs and sometimes the poultry themselves.

So, how do you know if it is a raccoon that is attacking your chickens? Well, if there is


a raccoon presence, look for tracks(like above)in sandy or muddy areas. If chickens have been attacked by raccoons, evidence could include severed heads dragged away from the body, birds pulled unsuccessfully pulled through enclosures, birds whose necks have been severely injured and ransacked nesting areas.

Once you have identified the perpetrator, then you will be able to protect your coop properly. Raccoons are savvy predators but almost every predator is another animal’s prey. It is the natural, genetically programmed instinctual fear of a predator that makes a product like predator urine work as a natural, non-pesticidal repellent. So, what does the raccoon fear? Well, one of its most common predators is the coyote and thus the most logical predator urine to choose would be coyote urine. 100% coyote urine is available at with various applicators available depending on your exact setup. All you need to do is make a pee-rimeter around the area you are trying to protect – in this case your coop or run.



PROBLEM: Egg-Stealing Rats SOLUTION: 100% Coyote Urine


So much time, energy and money goes into raising chickens. Nothing is more satisfying than finding that first perfectly formed egg. Nothing is more devastating than having those eggs taken or the hens harmed.  It is a dangerous world for chickens, and one of the common threats comes in the form of a large rodent with a snake-like tale.  The Rattus norvegicus and Rattus rattus otherwise known as brown and black rats can wriggle their way into the smallest hole and steal away precious eggs and/or maim chickens. What is to be done? Well, as you may have guessed, we have a pee for that – 100% CoyotePee to be exact. But, you don’t have to take my word for it.

“Yes! I told the Chicken Chick about the rats in my coop and she told me to order from you, and so I did!  Thanks, tiff”

So, if you have Templeton the Rat sneaking into your coop, don’t wait. Go to get your CoyotePee right away!

On the home front, I got myself a  hot tub! Once you reach a certain age, you wake with a new and exciting ache or pain every day. Well, I decided to take matters into my own hands, and while the wife was out of town, I looked up ‘hot tub” on that Craigslist thing and voila!  All I can say is aahhhhhhhhh

If you don’t have a hot tub, I hope you are enjoying this late spring evening in some other way.

The PeeMan