I'm so upset. I went to the hen house tonight to close up the chickens and found a black snake with the head of one of my almost-grown hens down his throat. The snake was about 5 1/2 ft long. We find them sometimes eating the eggs but everybody says they are good to have around to kill mice and rats and nobody every told me they could kill a grown chicken so I haven't worried about them and have just been "relocating them". No more. This one was dispatched swiftly. This is our first loss to a predator in over 2 years of keeping our small flock in the country. Guess we're not quite predator-proof enough.