So the others morning, bright and early, I heard a bunch of noise outside my window- it startled me awake. Then I heard the chickens. I jumped up and ran to the back door, I was kind of hesitant since we were told there’s been a coyote around- but I looked out and didn’t see anything large and the chickens were flying out of the coop one crazy bird at a time. I was so scared to open the nesting area but wanted to make sure all of the chickens were out. I opened the front access and there was an opossum. When I knew for sure all of the chicks were out, I locked the opossum in the coop… I didn’t want to let it out since it was still dark and I was afraid it would go after the chicks again (and I couldn’t find one.) 

When I came inside I couldn’t go back to sleep right away so I started researching opossums and chickens. Here is what we learned about opossums:

  • They do kill chickens. Sometimes they just bite their necks and drink their blood! Usually they eat the chickens bum first. They eat eggs and chicks…. They will eat anything and everything so don’t leave anything out and keep your property clean.
  • They don’t carry their prey away, it’s left where they kill it. 
  • They can open standard coop locks.  I read to put nails behind the sliding/hinge locks so they can’t be pushed open. Raccoons are much better at this. 
  • It’s a marsupial, like a kangaroo they carry their young in a pouch.
  • They do not carry rabies nor other diseases, their body temp is too hot. I did not fact check this.
  • They hunt until just before sunrise. 
  • If you have a fenced yard and a dog, the poop will attract them. Opossums literally will eat anything. I read multiple times not leave any food/water out at night.
  • They travel solo unless they have babies.

When the sun rose we went outside for Beau to see the opossum, and to my total surprise-the main entrance of the coop was open and the opossum was gone!

When Beau got out of school we proceeded to the Tractor Supply Store. We got 3 more nesting boxes, feed, meal worms, a scoop and a water bucket for the yard. Then we came home and cleaned, rearranged and rigged the coop (along with the rabbits’ house.) I couldn’t get the chickens to go in the coop at dusk so I had to catch them one at a time LOL. It took a while. The first one I out in went crazy and got out, but she calmed down. I had some calming alfalfa hay that we put in each of the boxes. I think everyone slept well, definitely no unwanted intruder in the coop 🙏 prayers the chicks get in the coop on their own tonight since they were safe last night. 

We disnt use the 409, but B was so cute how he came out sonprepared to help. I dont know where he found thise gloves LOL, I dont clean like that 💕
You can see the screws we used to keep the locks from being opened 👌
The top part is the nesting area. We added 3 nesting boxes below, hoping to make the coop more comfortable. Theres room for one more box, so we will be getting one more. Our chickens have never been caged, but I dont feel comfortable not locking them up at night now. We open the coop at 6am and they free range all day 💓


Retraining the Chickens (and Beau) with Food

Whenever I go ousted the chickens come to me; however, when Beau comes out the chickens run. I’m hoping by having Beau hand feed them they will start trusting him again. We will keep you posted!

Has anyone had an issue with their toddler always wanting to chase their chickens?​​

Day 1

It was a very busy day for us! We started at the Tractor Supply Store when they opened to purchase the chicken coop. We decided on a Producer’s Pride coop, the Farm House model (see pictures.) then we went to Parrish General Supply to see what chicks they got in, they didn’t have any the other day. Today they had Golden Sex Links and Delawares, we ended up with 4 Goldens (instead of two! Lol.) A lot of stores get “hatchery’s choice” so they never know what they are going to get until they arrive. These chicks came from New Mexico and are a couple of days old. A few other things we had to get: medium food and water bowls ($13), premium pine shavings (they are smaller $8), heat lamp ($9, already had the casing) and organic grower crumbles ($13.)

Parrish General Supply


Checking out with 4 new family members 💗


Picking out “two” Golden chicks 💕


Beau and the “chick crate.”

We finally got home and put the coop together. It was very easy and didn’t take long. We set it up next to the shed in the yard; however, we had to move it closer to the house since the chicks were not warm enough (and we live in Florida.) So, for the next couple of weeks the coop will be on the back patio with the heat lamp (see pictures.)

The hutch pieces


The front run area pieces

The completed “Farm House” chicken coop…


Zoe, Beau’s best friend .


Zoe is a French Bulldog, so this will give you a grat scale for size.

A view feom the top, prior to putting the roof on.


The nesting area, prior to attaching the roof.

After we relocated the coop next to the house…

Everyone checking out the new location.


Underneath the nesting area and the heat lamp.