Saturday, March 10, 2012

Visitor in the Chicken Coop

The other night, K2 was putting the ducks in the coop and as she was closing the door, she noticed what she thought was a cat in the coop with her ducks. 

Only it wasn't a cat.

It was a possum.

I know you're supposed to call them O-possums, but the truth is, out here, no one has seen or heard that O in maybe a century.   They're possums.   The end.


It was a big one.  K2 screamed for help and Eric came running to take care of it.   He got K2 and the ducks out of the coop and dispatched it with a shovel.

Possums die hard. 

Seriously.   It's almost impossible to kill one.   It's the possum superpower - near-immortality.

Last year, during the winter, when there was snow on the ground we came home one afternoon to find one trying to get into the coop.    I dispatched it with a shovel.   Then I left it for a minute.  When I came back it was alive again.   So I dispatched it again, with emphasis.  And when I was done, I tipped a bucket on top of it and put a big rock on it so that Tibby wouldn't get it.   When Eric came home and took off the bucket, the damn thing was alive again.  So Eric dispatched it again.   With emphasis.  Permanently. 

He did the same thing with this one.    



  1. ack! I guess it was (and you knew this was coming) playing possum. With a giant headache.

    You wouldn't have had nearly as much trouble, I bet, if you encountered it in the middle of a road. Even without a car, I think they just naturally drop over dead there. I once saw one crawling on top of my neighbors roof. I KNOW! I didn't know they climbed.

  2. OMG! Good thing she found it when she did. I'm surprised the ducks would go in the coop if they could see that it's in there.

    Our dog killed a possum once...we got a good close look at those scary teeth on it. Dang...we need another farm dog.

  3. A couple of years ago I had to zonk one over the head. Then I used a pitch fork and "pinned" him to the ground. It took forever for him to meet his maker, but I finally was successful. I prefer the traps then drop the trap and animal in a tank of water, walk away and be done with it. Probably too much information for you.


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