i went out to do my late night walk thru.... i found one of the two week old chicks sitting on a step stool. so i picked him up and headed back to the stall where my favorite SF hen shirley is with the other baby. there was the biggest opossum eating her....... i ran to the house and told my husband to get his gun! a opossum is out there eating shirley!!!! he came out and did what had to be done but i already knew with out looking that it wasn't good.... there she lay with her other baby chick dead under the rotten opossum. i have other chicks in the house in a brooder, so i brought the lone chick in and put him in with them. he cried all night long. what a sad night... i told me husband i might feel better, if i just BASHED the opossum's head in with a shovel. but it is over and there is nothing i can do. i have seven other free loaders in the barn i would have gave him instead. it's that how it works. anyway just wanted to say i am sad. the opossum is dead, so i don't have to wonder who did it. now i will be on the look out for the others.