My son has come up with a phrase that always makes me laugh... whenever he sees the chickens fighting over a tasty morsel (they free-range all day), he says they are playing "football". One chicken picks up the bug, or whatever it might be, and the others chase her until she eats it or drops it! The game begins again when someone finds another tasty treat Last week, I noticed the chickens were playing football and wanted to check out what the "ball" was this time... it turned out to be an 8" black racer snake! Yes, my Rhode Island Reds were fighting over it! I ran inside to get my kids (a typical homeschooler response) so that they could watch the game. Panini, my 7-year old's hen, finally wolfed the snake down like a noodle, and let out the most satisfied squawk She scored a touch-down!