Anything Wrong With Opossums in My Yard?

Laurajean

Slightly Touched
9 Years
Apr 2, 2010
4,304
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New Hampshire
Lately at night I've noticed an Opossum hanging out in my yard. He just walks around and minds his own business, not bothered by my presence in the least. I was wondering if there are any concerns I should have? I don't have garbage out there for him to disrupt, but is there anything else I should know? Any bad experiences with them or are they harmless as long as garbage and/or food isn't left out?
 

Shannoniganshens

Chirping
9 Years
Jul 25, 2010
157
0
99
West TX
https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=55970 Here's what I found, I don't even know if they are in my area.
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Laurajean

Slightly Touched
9 Years
Apr 2, 2010
4,304
21
221
New Hampshire
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Well, I'm not too worried about the chickens because their coop is like Fort Knox. It would take a bear to get into it. I was just wondering if they caused damage, etc., but thanks for the warning!
 

chkn

Songster
9 Years
Jun 27, 2010
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I think they can sometimes get into your veggies and things. They definitely are a hazard to chickens.
 

Tala

Flock Mistress
10 Years
Apr 14, 2009
6,372
58
251
Benton (Saline County) AR
My coop is secure enough that I don't dispatch the possums simply for roaming around my property.

Other people in my area have problems with them making themselves at home - building nests in attics and such, so everyone just has to do what they have to do.
 

stethomps

Chicken Hugger
12 Years
Apr 19, 2008
154
8
186
Franklin, IN
They are definitely opportunistic; if given the opportunity at best they will just raid your feeder, and at worst will kill your chicks, if there is any way they can get to them, and they will try. Also, many people have lost adult birds to opossum’s. I have a zero predator policy; In my opinion the pros of removing predators out way the cons. It is just no fun coming out to dead, ½ eaten birds, or a pile of feathers. I’d get rid of him 4 sure.
 

Bizzybirdy

Songster
11 Years
Apr 14, 2008
592
32
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North of Nashville
Possums will eat eggs and kill chickens. One killed 10 of 16 four month olds chicks I had in a 4' dog pen right next to my front door. A pullet that survived lost her eye. They can easily climb fences; not as crafty as racoons but deadly to chickens.

I used to let them be but no more!
 

BorderKelpie

Songster
10 Years
Mar 1, 2009
1,447
7
163
outside Dallas
You don't have horses, do you?
Opossums carry the Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis virus. So a little bitty 'possum can kill horses. They can be pretty rough on chickens, too.
I still think 'possums are cute, though.

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