Well, I went out to the coop around 2:30 this afternoon to collect eggs again and there in the second nest box was a possum eating an egg! In the next box were two hens huddled together and the one hen who usually occupies the first nesting box was hiding behind a garbage can I use for feed All the rest of the flock just followed me into the coop...no one else seemed afraid of the intruder I turned and ran for my gun, came back and interrupted it's meal of eggs. I was very surprised to see one out in mid-day. Dh said it was probably just hungry, sorry, but that doesn't permit one to jeopardized my coop. My hens were all free ranging since we have had decent weather and the snow is melting very quickly. they were just glad to be out of the coop! So all ended well for the poultry at least!