I was out changing the water in the fount tonight when I heard what sounded like an explosion of feathers, loud chicken noised, and gravel flying. I ran around the house to see all the chickens running around like, .. well you know. I went up to the pen and laying inside all curled up was the biggest garter snake I've ever seen. I had to be pushing 30 inches. I wondered why the girls were going ape-poopy. They would crowd around the snake, then when the snake would strike out, they all flew off in a tizzy. I don't think it would do any harm, but I pinned it under a stick and drove it down the road to a swamp to let it go. Now I ask the question, would a snake like that be dangerous to the chickens? Eggs maybe?