Coop Break-In

Well, the chicken coop isn’t as predator-proof as I thought it was. No one died… I should tell you that now, but we could have very easily lost every single chicken.




Something tried to get into the coop run. What? I don’t know. It could have been a raccoon, or a fox, or a stray dog, or even a mountain lion. The suspicious part is that we heard absolutely nothing last night. No noises. Nothing. Raccoons are noisy buggers. Which leads me to believe it really could have been a mountain lion.

It may be hard to tell, but the chicken wire was actually torn apart. Shredded! Not on a seam either! It was torn open in the middle of each piece –in three different spots of the run. Before you think I’m crazy for suspecting a mountain lion, these rips were not only the size of a dinner plate, but I have seen a mountain lion with my very own beady little eyes on the next street over. They are a truly local predator. And who doesn’t like to eat chicken anyway?

8 thoughts on “Coop Break-In

  1. The local Calaveras paper noted more bears and mountain lions are in Valley Springs, Moke Hill, San Andreas and surrounding areas. A friend in San Andreas off the main road has had something getting her chickens as well and she thought she had a secure pen.

    I recommend anyone with chickens use fine mesh construction cloth/wire and that you dig down a good two feet under where the fence or enclosure will be and bury construction cloth which will also extend half way on all coop walls as well as under any non cement flooring as this keeps critters from digging under the fence or chewing thru any wood walls, floors etc.

  2. We did bury the wire two-feet down and whatever it was still ripped through the wire. This is technically “chicken wire”, but is much stronger than most. Luckily we close the door to the coop itself at night. The run is enclosed with wire and attached to the coop, but it is still a scary thought!

    • I remember around 2006 in Jackson and we had something trying to get in the coop, so we spread sand around the coop,and spread it out, wet it down and in the morning there were animal tracks that were a raccoon. So we set a live trap, and transported the bugger to state land with no homes within a good five miles.but near a river so the raccoon could hunt and fish (laughing). In the 80’s it was a opossum that was getting our young hens.

      • Oh jeez! Those raccoons are crafty! I thought it might be raccoons at first, but this is some tough wire and I didn’t see any fur, or prints, or scat… so it’s anyone’s guess what tried to get in. There are so many ‘coons around here that I’m sure they can breed faster than I can trap them. Ha!

      • Our hens raised a racket when something was scratching on the coop door when we lived in Jackson CA. So I flicked on the flood light and whatever was there had left. Heck our rooster would crow if a cars headlights hit the coop window. A friend in Angels Camp near Poole Station road had a raccoon that was taking her hens. She also used a live trap and moved the bugger.

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