MY TRAP CAUGHT A POSSOM. WOULD IT HAVE DONE THAT SORT OF DAMAGE? OR DID IT JUST HAPPEN TO WANDER INTO MY TRAP CAUSE MY BAIT WAS TASTY? SO DEAD CHICKEN WITH BREAST EATEN/HEAD INTACT, OTHER CHICKEN CARRIED OFF BY HEAD AND LEFT WITH SWOLLEN/BLINDED EYES, NO OTHER INJURIES. PULLED OFF COOP...OPINIONS ANYONE? POSSOM OR RACOON? I GUESS I'M HOPING I CAUGHT MY AGGRESSOR OF THE ATTACK. I had 2 chickens attacked at dusk, I got delayed coming home to put them in (they were probably in, just their run wasn't closed yet). Couldn't find them that night. Next morning I found piles of feathers all over the yard, finally found a trail into the greenbelt (we have 20 feet of forest in our backyard, even though the entire yard has a 6 foot fence). So one chicken was there, breast gone, but head still there (I was reading that racoons usually take the chickens head off??). I looked over about a foot away and hidden in some ferns was the other chicken, looking like it was roosting. I thought it was dead, and then I saw it was breathing!! So I pulled it out of the ferns and it had been attacked and it looks like its eyes were scratched/poked out? Either that or they are really swollen shut? In any case, it can't see. It was literally a foot fromthe other chicken. Would it have been carried away by an animal who had her head in its mouth and blinding it, leaving it to finish off "fresh" for antoehr meal? I took care of her all day, spoon feeding her oatmeal mixed with scratch, and giving her water, keeping her in a box in the shed. Do animals do that? Keep their prey alive, but maimed to come back and finish the job? I set a raccoon trap out last night, thinking if it was going to come back and finish her up, I'd deter it with cat food and a relocation. The only other thing I could figure is she got hurt by brambles or blackberry bushes while trying to get away and maybe smelled her dead coop-mate and made her way to her? I thought they had a bad sense of smell? thanks for your thoughts on this! p.s. with our 6 foot fenced yard, I really don't think it was somethign big like a coyote, and we live in a pretty urban area. Mostly we see racoons, but also see skunks and possoms. And our coop is set up 3 feet off the ground and the only door that was open was the one the birds have to jump/fly up into that's 3 feet up. They always go in by about 4-5:00 so I'm sure they were up in bed before the attack happened.