A few of my young chickens are laying on the floor of the coop. I always leave 1 egg in their "nest" when I gather every day so they'll continue to go there (instead of the woods) and inspire those who should start laying any time to go there (again, instead of the woods!). A couple of times I've gone in during the day and noticed the nest completely empty, knowing I had left one. Then 2 days ago, I went into the hen house in early eve/late afternoon and there was a young possum munching on an egg! Nothing can get in their house at night - I made sure of that after I lost 2 THs to weasels. This weekend I've been going out a couple of times a day to check for eggs and the possum. I want to put out a live trap but I'm not sure where - or when - to put it. I kind of want it out during the day near the door to catch it's daytime foraging. But then, I'm worried that one of the chickens will go in it. I don't want to put it near the nest, obviously, but I don't know whether I should put it right by the door into the hen house or by the gate going into the yard that door opens out onto. I can put it outside the door at night, b/c then the chickens will be safely in the house and they can't spring the trap. And what do I bait it with? Really need some help with this. I didn't even know they came out during the day. A friend said that yes, they and raccoons will come out in the day if they think they can get something. Thanks in advance!