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On Christmas Eve, we got the visit of an opossum and I started to learn more about these fascinating creatures.

Opossums are opportunistic omnivores. They eat a diet of insects, worms, frogs, birds, nuts, fruits and dead animals. They will also prey on small rodents and moles. They will feed from compost piles, pet food bowls, garbage cans and bird feeders.

Although they aren’t a big threat to chickens, they will enter coops if they can. They will eat eggs as well as chicks and bantams. They possess very sharp teeth and can easily kill a hen. Because opossums are nocturnal, it is relatively easy to protect your chickens by locking up your chickens at night in a predator-proof coop.


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