i've read so many horror stories here about predators and what they do to everyone's chicks. i have not had a problem yet, but definitely have potential. My husband chased a possum from our yard about a month ago. It was sneaking around our new chick-n-barn which had no one inside yet, but was next to our existing coop. Last night i saw a possum, about the size of a cat, over by our pond, on the other side of our yard and not near the chicken pen. But our lot is not huge, only about .17 acres, your standard residential lot. Also, my neighbor two doors down has a racoon that spends a lot of time in his yard. He's told me he sees it in his swimming pool dismantling his cleaner hoses. He also told me yesterday he saw a huge owl up on the power lines the night before. We also have hawks. Now hawks and owls, i will just have to be vigilant. But i'm nervous about the possum and racoon. It's probably only a matter of time before they find the chicken coop. i think it's secure, but after reading posts of maximum security installations that have been breached and chicken lives lost, mine is probably not totally predator proof. Here is my question. i'm wondering if i should attempt to trap the possum and racoon now before trouble happens, or is there a chance that these critters won't bother my flock and i should let them be. Maybe that racoon is really loving my neighbor's pool so much he won't come down this way, although it is only 150-200 feet and two fences. i don't know. i was awake all night last night after seeing the possum sneaking around. If anyone could offer input on what they would do in this situation, i would really appreciate it. By the way, when i mention trapping the animal, i would probably consult a trapping specialist and let them handle the removal. Not sure i am up to wrestling a cage full of angry racoon.