I just recently moved to a house located in prime rattle snake territory. Nothing but rolling grasslands as far as the eye can see, a huge rodent population (my cat leaves at least 4 or 5 dead mice in front of my door every day), and I've got 3 ponds within 300 yards of the house. We've been doing our best to keep the immediate area surrounding the house as manicured as possible (leaving them with fewer places to hide), and to reduce the rodent population by any means we can think of. We built a decent sized "dog pasture" off the back side of the house, inside of the well maintained area, in hopes of reducing the chances of our dogs being bitten by a rattle snake. Unfortunately, on the first warm day we had this year, a rattle snake made it's way into the dog area, and bit my little MinPin. Luckily my little dog has made a full recovery, but I've got to do something to keep the snakes away as much as possible. I was told that chickens and guinea hens will tear a snake apart if given the chance. Is this true? I was planning to get 4 or 5 chickens, a few guinea hens, and build a coop and a run inside of the "dog pasture." That way I can let the flock out during the day to free range in the pasture, and hopefully kill or at least chase away any snakes that might make their way inside the pasture. Obviously the flock would then be locked up inside the coop at night. I also figured that placing the coop inside of the dog's area would be a good deterant to other predators looking to make a meal out of my flock. My dogs all have pretty low prey drives, so I'm fairly confident that they will be able to peacefully co-exist with the chickens if properly introduced and monitored in the begining. Does this sound likea feasible plan? Thanks for any input!