12.21.2007

Possum in the Henhouse

Last night there was a possum in the henhouse. I chased it all over with a stick to try to get it to leave, but it was very sleepy and cranky and just wouldn't go. As you can see, American opossums are not terribly lovely creatures.


The chickens were all ready for bed themselves. Odo always takes a spot on the top roost.


He likes to supervise all the goings-on.


Finally I grabbed the unruly possum and threw him out in the snow. It did try to bite me, but I had thick gloves on. I don't think it would bother the birds, but I have heard that they like to eat eggs. So I decided No Possums in the Henhouse.


We are about to leave for New York for the holidays. Yay! Coming back to the farm on the 29th. My mom and dad will be taking care of the birds and llamas and cats. Thank goodness for that. I'll do my best to check in with y'all form the Big Apple.

Happy hollydays to one and all!

17 comments:

historicstitcher said...

I had a possum under my gazebo this spring, and it didn't want to leave, either!

She finally was found, dead, in my backyard with all her little babies clinging to her (also already dead). I am SO glad she didn't survive with all those little ornery 'possums under my gazebo!

Nice pictures of yours!

Enjoy NY!

Come visit me when you get back!

Chris said...

Wow, never a dull moment! Have a great holiday in NY!

mrspao said...

Have a wonderful time in NY and a super break. Hope you manage to both relax! Happy Holidays!

That possum is one ugly creature!

Beth said...

I have only one word for you.
Bagels.

Gothknits said...

Merry Christmas...safe and happy travels.

Mouse said...

Merry Christmas to you and hubby! (and of course the critters.. and especially Pepper!! I'm not partial.. noooooo... lol) Eat lots of bagels for the rest of us misplaced Yankees ok? Oh yes.. I would have shot that little bastard with an Airsoft pellet gun.. but that's just me. Enough to let him know he doesn't want to come back but not enough to kill him.

Puss-in-Boots said...

Possums are protected here and I think we have one in the roof at the moment because I hear it galumphing around above my head at night!

We have two types of possum, brush tail and ring tail, and they look different to yours. Anyway, glad you got it out of the chook house. No, it wouldn't hurt the chooks but yes, it would be very partial to the eggs.

Have a wonderful time in New York.

Carrie K said...

Have a great holiday! We have possums here and they're so ugly they're cute.

AcadiaSun said...

That is a really annoyed looking possum. I'm glad it didn't bite you.

We had one that moved into a hole in our carport wall when I lived in Georgia. We couldn't reach in to remove it and so we had to wait until we saw it leave the hole to block it up. It took weeks to get rid of the thing.

Have a good time in New York.

Gattina said...

A Merry Christmas to you and all animals, especially "little" Pepper !!

KnitXcorE said...

possum scare the crap outta meh.
have a gr8 holidays guys!!!!

Becky said...

Is it me or do opossums look like they're wearing fingerless gloves? :-) Merry Christmas and have a wonderful time in New York!

The Cat Realm said...

We wish you very happy holidays and a wonderful new year!
Karl and the rest from The Cat Realm

sunneshine said...

Oh, and I just got a lot of beautiful possum/merino yarn (from NZ) for Christmas...

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and a New Year filled with laughter and joy!!

Elizabeth said...

I think they are cute. Your possum pic is better than mine, you got nice and close!
Happy New Year!

Colleen said...
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roxtarchic said...

k... i think i've forgotten how to do this commenting thing... lets try this again...

hope ny treated you well for the holidays and that 2008 is GREAT...
;)