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I’ve never had a Raccoon problem until three days ago, I’ve lived here for four and a half years. Honestly, it’s probably my fault as I’ve gotten lazy in my chicken pen maintenance. Well, it started with my ducks, they tried to drag them through the fence, one of them was beheaded. We let the German Shepherd in the garden area too with all my Garden Birds and didn’t hear much the next night. Last night I didn’t hear a thing from the dog (our bedroom is surrounded by the fenced in garden area, so I figured I’d hear if she barks at anything since I can hear her from her yard), but this morning the quail pen had been broken into. They appear to have tried to take off with one quail and possibly another (or it may have just escaped from the gaping hole) because one quail is quite injured and I had to catch it, but all birds are accounted for. Then I think they went for the meat chick pen. They broke THROUGH the chicken fence itself and killed one of my little chicks, but then I think they got greedy and tried to take off with a big Cornish cross. My question is, my baby Nigerians start out smaller and lighter than a chicken or full grown Pekin Duck, do I need to be worried about my goats? I don’t have an LGD, electric fence won’t stop them unless maybe it’s a net, but I don’t have one, and my goat pens are larger predator proof, but not raccoon proof at ALL. My husband works tonight but is thankfully off tomorrow, he’s on his way to get a trap right now, we’ll lock the dog in the garden only so she doesn’t have as large an area to cover, and my husband will stay up tomorrow night to hopefully get rid of this sucker. I’m super close to getting rid of all my fowl and I’m considering getting out of Nigerians too if they’re in danger. I can’t stand it when something is defenseless, penned and such an easy target and I just hate the thought of things dying just because I want to keep them. Should I sell the Nigy herd I’ve worked so hard to get?