I am so sad tonight. The last few days I noticed a very severe lack of eggs in one of the chicken houses, which is like a fortress, so I have been going out with a flashlight looking in the window and haven't seen a thing...until tonight. There sitting on top of a table next to one of my hens was a little baby Possum. Apparently he had come in one day and stayed around. Needless to say a long time ago when I let some babies grow up around here they eventually went after my hens and not just the eggs soooo....I chased it away from the hen and, after a long time trying to make peace with whomever, shot the poor little thing with my 22. Now I am Boo-hooing over it. It was so cute. I have no problem dispatching a grown mean varmint but a baby gets to me. That said....I LOVE my chickens and will/do protect them against all evils.