I went outside this morning to feed my chickens. I noticed I was missing my favorite birchen rooster. I walked inside the cage and there lay the rooster dead inside of the nest box. While I was examining the rooster to determine his cause of death I found loose feathers in the bottom of the nesting box. There was a small amount of blood inside the roosters mouth. I was puzzled, there did not seem to be any real trauma indicating that the rooster had been killed. All of the sudden, I heard an awefully loud "hissing" sound coming from underneath the nesting boxes. Right there at me was one of the biggest possums I have ever seen! I pounded him over the head with an iron bar! Sorry Rooster-Red, but this possum met his match.