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Last night I reached in through our coop door right around dark to gather the day's eggs as I was locking the chickens and guinneas up for the night. I saw a couple eggs and reached for them and then I noticed the rather smallish possum eating the very eggs I was grabbing for. I avoided getting bitten by maybe a foot and a half or so. I called my wife, who was in the house with our son. She brought out the .22 rifle and I shot the offender and got rid of the body. This is the second possum we had in there this Spring.

Such is farm life.
 

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Yuck! I've almost grabbed one of those nasty animals by mistake once. I about jumped out of my skin when I realized it wasn't one of the feral kittens I had been trying to tame.
Thank goodness you didn't get bitten!
 

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Yeah it was closer than I'd like, that's for sure. It had broken 2 eggs and was sitting on a third that was not broken but we threw it away. It seemed a little chancy to eat something that was in contact with a possum's hindparts. I could scrub the shell off and I'd still not feel comfortable eating it.
 

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7chicks, we let the birds out during the day and I go shut the coop door right around dark. The possum got in sometime before I got out to close the door.
 

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Yeah they are all fine. They weren't even notably upset or spun up and it was right in there with them. Of course most of them roost on a bar that's about 3 feet beyond harm's reach.

Thanks for the concern.
 

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Yeah they are all fine. They weren't even notably upset or spun up and it was right in there with them. Of course most of them roost on a bar that's about 3 feet beyond harm's reach.

Thanks for the concern.
When it comes to *****.....
There ain't NUTHIN' Beyond Harm's Reach !
They are intelligent, wily, crafty, acrobatic, and MEAN tough RAIDERS !!!
Last Year (about THIS time-of-year)....a BIG **** killed my entire flock of about 12 chickens.....including my TOUGH and MEAN Big Rooster !
IF
possible.....you should endeavor to "tighten-up" your SECURITY a bit, I think.
( It's NO FUN to have to "re-start" your chicken-program all over again. )

GLAD You had no "serious" losses and especially GLAD that you didn't get bit !
( Having grown-up around rattlesnakes....I NEVER put a hand in a place that I haven't "eye-balled" very well ! :eek: )

I hope that you have no further problems with *****.....but, I suspect that you can expect it.
BEST REGARDS ! :)
-ReTIRED-
 
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