I'm traumatized, so I just have to share. CRAZY 24 hours!!! A possum got in my chicken coop last night. I was outside at midnight, and heard a huge screaming ruckus in the chicken coop. I ran down there and let my 8 chickens out who were freaking out by the door to their run. There was lots of running around and rounding up the girls after I let them out of their run. Most of them tried to hide in the bushes and in dark corners by the fences. It took about two hours to get them all up on the deck, and they clustered next to our sliding door to our kitchen. They had to sleep on the deck since the possum wouldn't come out of the run and coop. I of course, had to stay up all night to watch over them. I just couldn't sleep knowing they were exposed like that. Poor babies! Lots of lost feathers, and only one had an injury, a big scratch on her back. I'm SO glad I was outside. It could have been a major bloodbath. Despite my best efforts, the possum would NOT come out and was not happy with us trying to get him out, so a friend with a nice revolver came over and dispatched him quickly this afternoon. I did a deep clean of the coop after that, and my girls didn't want to go back in there tonight at all, and I don't blame them, but I picked them up one by one, showed them the nice clean safe coop, and they finally settled down for the night. This was my first predator problem with my chickens, and I'm going to do what I can to make sure it's my last! Only one latch had not caught properly, and the doors to the front opened just enough to let that nasty creature in. I have it super secured tonight, with padlocks, and I'm hoping this never happens again. I managed to put some neosporin on the injury to the one chicken, and I'm going to keep a close eye on her. It was SCARY!!!