Yesterday I posted an update on the new fall chickens we are raising and that we lost one to a predator. Hungry wildlife finds all the places we miss when critter proofing a coop. I reinforced the area around the mobile coop with heavy paving blocks and rocks. The larger coop is more protected and I will be relieved when they are big enough to live with the older hens.
I set up our game camera last night and checked on them periodically through the night too. I wasn’t surprised to see a raccoon in the first clip. I knew from the holes dug to get in the coop from the night before that it was something with small paws and strong., but I really thought it was a opossum. The second video confirms my suspicions. You can see the opossum walking on the other side of the coop.
It appears about 3 seconds into the video below.
It appears that the reinforcing worked. The young chickens have yet o learn to go into the top area and roost. I am not sure why. I see from the videos that I have a couple of areas that I need to work on today, just in case.