We have barn cats that kill the mice, too, but there aren't enough cats in Kansas to take care of all of the field mice and cotton rats, so I welcome the snakes...so long as they don't eat my chicks or my broody eggs.
Unfortunately one appears to have eaten a kitten from my landlord's barn, and it was busted tonight eating one of her broody's broody's eggs. I won't be having that, as my coops are tighter than that, but last year I did have this ginormous rat snake in one coop that had come in through a hole on the other side of a chickenwire divider down the middle of the 10' x12' building. Once it ate an egg it couldn't fit back through the chickenwire, so it was trapped. I nabbed it and released it, but it was as tall as me!! I suppose they could easily get in during the day through all of the open doors...I do want them to eat mice, but not eggs.
I'm going to candle the second set of eggs tonight, to see how well these survived the post office's machinery. I set 4 pea eggs last night, as the others I had going had quit- it looked like they weren't turning the way they ought because I'd overloaded my rcom. I'm feeling good about these and will hand turn daily as well.
I've discovered, hypothetically, that pink-eye can be treated very well and quickly with a 1 to 20 ratio of injectable Tylan 50 to sterile saline solution. I'm sure that someone will give all of the reasons not to use this hypothetical treatment, but I haven't access to any prescription drops without lying to my internist or paying $75 for a vet office visit. I have found that Vetericyn isn't working on it, and my local feed stores have delayed treatment by promising it would be in, and it hasn't yet arrived. I hypothetically felt desperate. Her eyes are hypothetically infinitely better. Yay!!