Seeing as how you have the snake jeebies, I want to warn you that there is a 3 foot long kingsnake right there in the pen where we have the recuperating chicken.
I greeted him with a shriek this a.m. when I saw him hanging on the chain link at about eye level. He took himself off toward the back and we both went on about our business.
Also our squirrels are at it again. There is one whole laying box in the back with a bunch of broken up and eaten eggs. Even our neighbors hen, who kindly laid her eggs here in our woodpile, is sitting on nothing now. Her nest has been ravaged, and no babies to show for all the time she sat.
We’ve been gone a total of 3 days. I can see we’re going to have to hire security.