There’s A Reason The Chickens Won’t Sleep In The Coop

Possum in the Chicken CoopIf you’re like me, you constantly battle with your chickens as you try to get them to sleep in the coop. Mine constantly get out of the pen and sleep in the bushes next to the coop. So every night I have to go out and put them to bed. A few times I’ve heard something scurrying across the pen and then climb up a tree. The other night I was putting my chicken to bed and when I went into the pen I saw a big possum go running out of the coop and up a tree. I then put the chicken in the coop and went to get some food. For some reason, when I came back, I looked into the dark coop to find another possum curled up in the back corner. At this point I have a sleepy chicken (completely oblivious to the situation) sitting on her perch and a VERY ticked off possum hissing in the back. So I’m thinking “what’s going to be easier, reaching into my small coop and grabbing the sleepy chicken or getting a super upset possum out of my coop. I decided to get a long stick and poke the possum until it ran off. Which was MUCH easier said than done. It didn’t want to leave and kept going back and forth across the coop. I kept having to poke it away from my (still sleeping) chicken and try to heard it toward the door. It finally ran of  and then escaped out of the pen.

Just for the record… my dog was no help. 🙂


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