Last night our Great Pyrenees, Paris, tuned up and barked her head off like she usually does. She hates cats and the neighbor feeds all the strays in the neighborhood. They breed like rats and poop everywhere (but NOT in our backyard haha). Then the hens started raising a ruckus which they never do. Paris barking, the girls yelling their heads off, we went to investigate. A HUGE possum was on the wood fence next to the coop, just out of Paris's reach. The hens were upset at this monster being so close and Paris was incensed at the intruder. Our SIL went to the garage for a hoe and poked the possum until it decided to move on. Crisis averted. My DH asked if the possum could get to the chickens and SIL answered, "that's the most sturdy, well built coop I've ever seen. Most of them are thrown together, but I don't think anything could get in that one." I beamed and said that I studied BYC's predator forum for 3 months before building the coop and I learned what to do and what not to do. We live in the middle of a small town, just blocks from City Hall. I know many of the BYC'ers have bigger predator problems, bears, bobcats, hawks and snakes-Oh My! But in our little town a possum is a big deal--and the best part?????? He can't get into the coop!! (Even if Paris wasn't on guard to rip him to pieces-LOL) Thanks BYC and the BYC'ers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!