OKAY,I did try to look through the archives and it seems hopeless to find the exact topic I am searching for so I thought I'd "re-ask" the question. Forgive me if I am asking something that has already appeared. Haven't had a bird taken in almost 2yrs. I trap and kill stray/ferile cats,skunks and the ocassional opposum. Generally speaking,a ferile cat will catch the bird,carry it off and all I notice is a pen full of feathers and a missing bird. The two dogs that got into my pen only killed the birds. . .some died from beating themselves to death in their efforts to escape the dogs. Skunks have left the carcass with it's head gone and the intestines "sucked out". Today I see that one of my new White Cochins is dead. It's carcass is only about 20ft from the henhouse/pen. It's head is gone,the intestines are gone and so is one thigh/leg. Earlier this summer my dogs were going crazy with their barking at some bushes in my yard and though at that time I could not identify what it was they were barking at over the next few days/weeks I started finding dead and alive baby opposums on my property and close to the trailer and my property between my yard and the hen house which is about 100 ft from my front yard where I keep my dogs. My first thought is that a Momma Opossum is under my trailer and she was out searching for food. That she totally bypassed my baited trap but I'm going to fix up Grammie's "Special Mixture" and I'll catch her! Only hoping that I catch her sooner vs later. With what I have described,would other Experienced Chicken People know if what I describe was caused by a Opposum? Have you have similar experiences. BTW. . . Yes I had left the little chicken door open so that the birds can come and go. I don't usually close it up at night during the decent weather but until I get this predator issue resolved I guess I had better do so eh? I had recently bought some new birds and they haven't yet gotten comfortable around the other birds so they have been "roosting" on the ground and until the last couple of nights I had been going in and getting those birds off the ground and up on the nesting boxes where they roost. Guess I should either continue to move these "floor dwellers" or keep the little door shut at night. What say you all?