Raccoons are the largest predators we have that we need to be concerned about as far as our chicken's safety. I've spent a great deal of time and money making sure I built a safe enclosure for my girls. And one specifically, that would keep raccoons out.
But I know they are out there. Just two nights ago, a friend who lives two blocks away told me how she was awaken the previous night when a raccoon came in to her kitchen via the cat door and was rattling around looking for snacks.
So I know they are out there. But I wasn't scared until today. This morning I went out to give the girls some treats before I left for work. As soon as I went out into the yard, I noticed the Chickadee house. All of the insides were, well, outside. It looked like the house exploded.
I showed the photo to some fellow birders and they all feel that a raccoon did this. It really freaked me out.
This bird house isn't too far away from my chicken run. I check their run all the time and have never seen any evidence of raccoons trying to get in. Which is good. And while I feel awful about the Chickadees, this has been a good reminder that I must never let my guard down.