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Possum Came too look at the new coop!

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I'm new to this and chickens. I'm raising my first batch. 7 red sexlinks and 2 silkies. They're about 10-11 weeks old now and we moved them to a coop today. I was outside painting it at dusk and this creature came so close. This photo is no zoom. Will it eat my girls while I sleep tonight? We have hard wire over and all around their coop. My girls haven't figured out to go back inside the hen house and shut up at night. I'm worried I will find a bloody mess in the morning.
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Lock em up,and make sure everything is tight up.You could always shoot the guy,or if you have dogs let em loose on them.

I have a  few chickens.

2 barreds,named Falcon and Hawk

1 New Hampshire rooster named,Zeus

2 New Hampshire hens named,Vanillipe (One has no name)

1 silver laced Wyandotte named,Special girl

1 White Leghorn roosters named Foggy

3 black&red Sex links,(Black)angel,and one red is named little red,and the other one is Mrs.Prissy

And a few others that sadly,died

 

I have a 11 ducks.

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I have a  few chickens.

2 barreds,named Falcon and Hawk

1 New Hampshire rooster named,Zeus

2 New Hampshire hens named,Vanillipe (One has no name)

1 silver laced Wyandotte named,Special girl

1 White Leghorn roosters named Foggy

3 black&red Sex links,(Black)angel,and one red is named little red,and the other one is Mrs.Prissy

And a few others that sadly,died

 

I have a 11 ducks.

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We don't own dogs. Me and my husband are going out to check on them at random times tonight. My biggest stress is them digging under the coop. We are putting the skirt/apron down this weekend
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I'm new to this and chickens. I'm raising my first batch. 7 red sexlinks and 2 silkies. They're about 10-11 weeks old now and we moved them to a coop today. I was outside painting it at dusk and this creature came so close. This photo is no zoom. Will it eat my girls while I sleep tonight? We have hard wire over and all around their coop. My girls haven't figured out to go back inside the hen house and shut up at night. I'm worried I will find a bloody mess in the morning.


   Opossums are creatures of the night so if your coop is predator proof the chickens should be safe when roosting.

    They also seem to be (along with raccoons) very easy to catch in a live trap.  All you need is some canned cat food for bait.

    

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Thank you so much for the encouraging words. I'm just worried about my girls.
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