This summer has been the year of the snake. This is black rat snake #2 and last week was #3 for the summer. They have been eating eggs and chicks and this one killed my best hen. Normally these are great for keeping mice and rats at bay. But we have barn cats for that and so the snakes avail themselves to the eggs and chicks.
This one was over 6 feet long and attacked me from behind my feed bins.
The third snake waited for my company to visit to eat some chicks. It was pulled out by hand from the nest box and dispatched. So far, no more snakes. My eggs productions is still off so there may be another snake around. Ah the challenges of farm life.