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Opposum predator?

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I just got 2 hens (one new Hampshire red, one white leghorn) about 4 weeks ago. I adopted them from a neighbor. We have a run and coop, but a possum made it into the pen last night and got my red! I'm so devastated! There is a small open area at the top of the run that I usually put a flap over and I forgot last night. But I have a security camera on the coop and it looks like he came in another way? He was pretty big but I'm wondering how small they can make themselves. And how should I bury my sweet hen? I found her under the coop this morning and she was eaten. I am just so sad.
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Very small.

Possums and coons can get into about 2" or so depending on the size of the animal.

On another note. Mink and weasels have no problem getting into a 1" hole so the only way to keep the birds safe is to have no opening larger than 1/2". Hardware cloth over all openings.

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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Thanks. Off to button up the area tight today.
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