We had a critter ( of unknown species, possibly more than one type) in our hen house last winter, it got several of my hens, and then late in the spring after we thought we had got rid of it, my chicks and a sitting hen. We have slowly been conjoling my remaining hens back to the henhouse, and Now we have seen in the nest busted eggs licked clean. (possum? Coon?) We didn't mind so much them roosting in the trees, but now that it is getting cold they will not come to roost in the barn. In fact they act terrified to go in there at all. This morning I have 3 hens on my back deck huddled by the door. It is a frigid 25 degrees out there. HOW can I get them back in the barn. And we do shut the doors promptly when it starts to get dark, I don't know how this thing gets in, there is no opening. I am afraid they will freeze to death being out in the open, and I'm sure they are afraid they will be carried off if they go up at night. They also are harder to catch as we have tried catching them and putting them up. They used to be very docile. It's as if something knows the laying schedule of my hens. I check for eggs every day. My girls usually lay in the afternoon around 2, I have been out there at 3 and found an egg broken. They've taken to laying in the planter pots on the porch, the toolbox in the garage, an odd plastic crate under the deck.. This can't keep happening, not only is my husband tired of their droppings on our deck in the morning (as am I) but the eggs that fall out of his toolbox drawers are not as funny to him as they are to me. Any suggestions? Burning the barn down and building another one, while it has crossed my mind, is not feasible.