Why a Predator Proof Chicken Coop is Imperative
Funny Crime Scene Photos

We smoked some ribs on the weekend.   I basted them with this irresistible Maple Bourbon BBQ sauce.  It is the most delicious BBQ sauce you could ever imagine.

The following photos are  pictures of the next morning’s crime scene.  None of the photos have been altered in any way.

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If a raccoon can do this to a BBQ flavoured basting brush can you even imagine what it could do to this little guy?


  1. Charlene says:

    I enjoy, cause I discovered just what I was
    having a look for. You’ve ended my 4 day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a nice day.


    Feel free to visit my web page :: e cigarette katy
    tx (Charlene)

  2. Gillian says:

    OK…pardon the ignorance of an Australian…I thought racoons were mainly messy scavengers who raided rubbish bins…are they really capable of catching and eating a live chicken? raw? eeewww!

    • Cat says:

      Gillian, yes, they are messy scavengers who raid rubbish bins. And anything else they determine is either good to eat (from experience) or “smells good” to them. They’re also a very adept and strong predator. They tend to hunt, naturally, in the wild, but as that “wild” is being rapidly replaced by a concrete jungle, they tend to only hunt in rural areas, where people tend to have chickens in coops, bunnies on display, and allow their cats to run loose at night to keep the mouse population down. You know, a “safe” place to live. That’s why raccoons LOVE chicken. They’re easy prey. & I’m sure that Karen’s BBQ sauce must be absolutely to die for. Lucky chicken.

  3. Holly says:

    Not to sound like a stalker but I saw this picture today and thought of your little ones! Who doesn’t love baby chicks taking a swim?

  4. Samantha says:

    That was hilarious…I have a brush like that too, I’ll have to try to remember not to leave it outside! LOL
    We had neighbours who had chickens too, and weasels used to get in and eat their eggs, and killed a few of the chickens too :(.

  5. JennaLis says:

    Raccoons are sneaky buggers. My first bunny, Goldie, fell victim to raccoon(s). That was pretty upsetting at 5. They also got at our older chickens… although… my dad let them run free-range, and when they got old they forgot their way back into the coop. It was either the Bald Eagles or the Coons who’d get them.

    Proper anti-Coon Coop is a must!

  6. CJ says:

    Oh but what I want to know is if you’re going to send you’re partner to the kitchen store to replace the brush…you could end up with a really expensive replacement on your hands!!

    • Karen says:

      LOL. I hadn’t even thought of that! I actually prefer the old fashioned bristle brush for basting, but it has to be a *good* one because otherwise the bristles fall out and get stuck on your food. And sometimes in your tongue. ~ k

  7. Caroline says:

    I’ve to to say that my son brought home the custest baby raccoon and it’s hard to remember how destructive they can be when your bottle feeding a baby swaddled in a baby blanket! I will have to make sure that she never gets fed chicken!

  8. NOTyourrunofthemill says:

    We have a mother racoon that brings her babies to our back yard for a play date almost every full moon. The babies are cute but I know Momma would eat my cats.

  9. KatMoss says:

    I’m picturing the raccoon all laid back, feet up, pulling one piece at a time off that basting brush and licking it clean like a popsicle before tossing it aside to pluck off another! Then licking his fingers clean…silly raccoons.

  10. Amy in StL says:

    I almost didnt’ finish scrolling down when I saw there was a photo with a vivid red lumpy looking splotch in it. Glad I did. Are those back yard container trees? I was just contemplating getting a curly willow in a container for my deck but didn’t know how trees do in containers.

    • Karen says:

      Amy – They’re huge planters but I change them out every season. I’ve thought of putting trees in there. It’s no problem to put trees in containers. But for something this size you’d have to make sure the tree is a dwarf and weather hearty. Something like a very small cedar or possibly a curly willow. Although curly do get kindda big, LOL. It might contain itself in the container. Give it a shot! ~ karen

  11. kellie says:

    Haha, That is great! They are so sneaky and get into everything. Sorry to say, we actually had a raccoon come into the yard and eat one of our chickens. She was my favorite pet chicken named Linda– Lets just say “Chicken dinner anyone?” :(

  12. Design Love says:

    umm, never mind about the chickens, I think you are in great danger in your own backyard! Be careful out there! If you have to , through a chicken out first as a decoy!


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