I swear I live in predator central, tonight I woke up to the sounds of cheeping 8 week-olds on the monitor (we've had a monitor since a weasel killed most of our last flock at 7 weeks old). I thought the last time I was just being weak and kept missing the silly thing (we had another possum that I shot previously but had trouble killing moral/skill dilemma - i have since recovered from), but now I am not so sure I was missing that badly... We hit it 5 times tonight in the torso/head and we were using rat shot at close range (about ~5-6 feet away) and it was sitting directly above our chicken coop. We have a shotgun but didn't want to kill the little ones (I was worried that it would go through the wall - its 1/2 inch thick plywood). So any ideas? I plan on taking down that tree limbs this weekend that its been sitting in and we have already resealed the hole and reinforced anything else we thought it might be able to get through. (The possum pulled apart/wiggled through where the top net wire was overlapping). I am pretty confident it cannot get in the coop as all vent holes have 1/4 inch hardware wire on the outside and inside and there is more 1/4 inch hardware wire running underneath the tin roof and continuing about a foot down the wall with no gaps. Also the only way we could get him to budge in the least little bit was spraying him in the face with a garden hose. The gunshots hitting his body and noise didn't even make him flinch. Thanks.