Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Chickens' New Roommate

Because I have a 9-5 job, and John has the more flexible schedule (he runs our real estate business) he does the morning feedings. He called me at work one morning last week to say the chicken coop had a new resident -- a possum (or is it "an opposum"???) !!


He somehow got past the electric tape around the fence surrounding the coop, and took up residence in one of the nesting boxes. Here he is....


At first this sort of freaked me out -- I was afraid he would kill the chickens. When I got home from work I went out to see for myself, and sure enough, there he was just sitting in a nesting box. The chickens were all sitting on their roosting ladder-type thing just a couple of feet away from him. No one seemed concerned. Still, John and I were trying to brainstorm ways to get him out. We did not want to risk picking him up...........


When it seemed apparent he was not going to eat a chicken, we just left them all alone. He was with us for about three days. We went out one morning, and he was gone. It will be interesting to see if he comes back.....

6 comments:

JeniQ said...

wow! Your freaky weather must really have the wilds scurrying for cover.. or something.

Rising Rainbow said...

You don't want to tangle with those critters. They can get pretty ugly when cornered....not to mention they can carry EPM which is a bad deal for horses.

Paint Girl said...

Glad the possum has left!! I wouldn't want to mess with him either!

Desert Rose said...

Ya...they get mean when cornered and their droppings carry EPM. Would be great to find a way to keep him off your property!!!

John and Regina Zdravich said...

We have The Girls vaccinated for the EPM, but I still would not want to take a chance -- had he stayed, we would have gotten rid of him one way or the other. Glad he left of his own volition....

Callie said...

Shoot him! Simple as that, brings EPM to horses. I would shoot the ugly rat! In fact I do all the time over here!