The duck house is up on our deck. Ducks come up at dusk and sit in front of it until I go out and tell them it's bedtime and they get in their house and I lock them in. Today, while going through the scrap plywood pile, DH lifted a piece of ply and I saw a coil of snake and jumped back and DH dropped the board to figure out why I jumped back. I didn't look closely at it, not my style, I see a snake, I get as far away from it as I can. DH got a better look. I do know we have black racer snakes (or maybe black rat snakes - some pretty big). The one we saw tonight he thinks could have been a gray rat snake or something like that. I know eggs will be eaten if the snake finds it. But what about the ducks themselves. 3 pound Runners really aren't all that big... I thought I remember from initial research that we wouldn't have an issue. But one of the guys doing the gutters on the garage said the black racers will chase you down and would eat the ducks. So??? Do I need to worry about black racer (and maybe rat snakes) eating the girls???? And how the heck do I try to protect them from that!