The past couple of days we have had our first two predators come around and check out the coop.
I was looking out a window during the middle of the day to check on the flock. I noticed they were running back-and-forth, from one end of the run to the other. Then I saw movement on the back side of the run. There was a neighborhood cat that was circling the coop. Not sure he could get in anywhere or do any harm but he was giving the hens a bit of a scare (but not scared enough to run up the ramp into the coop). I quickly went outside and the cat went running.
Then tonite I had gone out to check on the chickens about an hour before dark. The chickens were active and doing alot of scratching so I decided to let them be and I would check back at dark to make sure they made their way into the coop for the night. When I went back out around dark I could see no chickens in the run but heard chirping from inside the coop. When I walk close a giant owl silently flew off from the coop. The owl landed about 20 feet away on the branch of a tree. I could clearly see that it was a Great Horned Owl. When I carefully opened the coop, the chickens were clearly excited and huddled up together. I imagine the owl came quite close to them perhaps even landing on the ground to check them out.