I killed a black snake w/ and egg in its mouth last year, this year I have a rooster. Do you think he'll keep the snakes away? I've been getting fewer eggs than expected the last 2 weeks and now DH is seeing snakes in the garage. the plan is to inspect the area and make it unattactive, but I think we need either a cat or a dog. All my chickens are full grown heavies, so a cat wouldn't bother them (I don't think). But, what's better--cat or dog? We aren't really pet people and I don't want animals in the house (trip hazard, mainly). Any suggestions? Btw, all feed is kept tightly closed except what they are eating for today. Once a snake finds a good supply of eggs, they'll keep coming for dinner so I'll have to put a stop to it. Or maybe guineas?