I went out tonight to lock the chicken coop a little late and my dogs were going nuts. Long story short, a mama opossum was on the steps leading into the chicken coop where everyone was fast asleep. A few weeks ago we lost all but one egg from a brood hen who fought something off losing feathers and leaving fur behind. Sadly it was a mama opossum. Scatter gun and a shovel ended the confrontation. Can't have mama teaching a litter that my chicken yard is a buffet. No so glamorous part of rasing and caring for animals. Everything eats chicken.