Came home around 10 pm tonight, and went into the garage to feed and water my chicks. I've been keeping my babies in tubs in the garage, with wire over the top to keep them in. Went to remove the top, (wasn't really paying attention because the chicks were chirping like crazy, and staying on one side of the brooder when they usually rush to where I'm at....I had the thought.. "that's weird" when I heard something hiss at me. I look down, and there's a huge snake in one of my brooders. I completely freaked out, was screaming for the hubby and trying to explain that there was a huge snake that I thought was a cottonmouth in my brooder. He finally got out there with a gun and killed it. After it was all over, I found 2 dead chicks and it had ate 2 others. I've been really upset about it all night. These were my first babies I had incubated and hatched myself, and after a year and 1/2 of having chickens this was the first snake I've seen around. The fact that it somehow got into my garage has completely freaked me out, and just the thought of going out there now scares the bejesus out of me. I Hate snakes, there pretty much my biggest fear. .. and I've let my kiddo keep 2 chicks in the house as pets for her 4-H project. There in birdcages, but now I'm worried it's going to attract snakes into the house. Ugh....I just can't get over the fact it someow got into my garage.... and I'm devastated that it killed one of my favorite babies The pictures below are of it after the hubby shot it.