I normally keep the 6 chicks (they are about 15/16w old) in the covered run overnight (my RIR hen will peck at them incestuously) but last night there were huge thunderstorms and buckets of rain dropping from the sky. So, I'm standing out in the middle of it all corralling them into the chicken house (a VERY nice shed that has a coop inside it). 30min later and LOTS of hesitation from the chicks, they finally go inside. Sarah, my BO hen was hiding under an old rug that was pushed into a corner. She's very motherly and loves the chicks so I was trying to get her to go in the coop with them. I've never seen her hide before. DH comes in with my 14mo son and says he was crying and calling my name. They just came to check on me with handling 8 chickens by myself during a storm. So, Sarah and the 6 chicks are in the coop and Sarah starts acting funny. Making loud clucking sounds, stretching her neck out and looking around. I asked DH to check around the chicken house for a predator and the second he does, I see a POSSUM inside the house right behind the coop and could EASILY have slid through the wood slats and so I yelled for him to return. I was totally freaking out! My poor babies were seconds away from becoming dinner!!! I grab the push broom and immediately pushed them out of the run. DH grabbed 2 at a time and put them in the garage. They spent the night there and DH and I didn't get to bed til 2am. We have decided that we've very much taken advantage of not really dealing with any predators until now. We will put all of the chickens in the coop well before it gets dark outside. I'll never leave that door open again! Anyone have any info about possums or how I can keep them away????