- Oct 2011
My step-sister also raises some chickens in a free-range fashion to sell their eggs, and in her case, raccoons were evidently quite a scourge. I am not enough of an expert to know what the best policy in this regard is, but it would be highly ironic if state mandated animal welfare laws meant to improve the lives of chickens from a hedonic perspective ended up causing them to experience illness, injury, or death by predation at higher rates.This comment reminded me that about two years ago my one relative had about 10 chickens decapitated by an unknown perpetrator. They live on an 8 acre farm and had let the chickens roam in the day and put them in the coop at night. They came out in the morning and found all the chickens decapitated. Some may have been missing, as I can't recall. They thought a hawk was the cause, although some speculated it may have been a raccoon or the proverbial fox. I am surprised something has not chased down my neighbor's chickens yet, as they are out in the open throughout the day. It is not uncommon to see several hawks circling in the meadow adjacent to our properties. There are some neighbors who let their dogs run free and plenty of outdoor cats, although I can't see the latter taking on a chicken.