i am so freaked out! i have had chickens for 2 years now and i've NEVER had this happen. today i went to check for eggs and there was a huge snake in the nest box eating an egg!!!! it looked like a garter snake and it was all curled up but i would guess about 5 - 6' long and about an inch and a half in diameter. i put the dog in there (american bulldog) and all he did was look surprised and then he ran off. so i went to get the cat, but then the snake was gone. i have a total of 4 nest boxes and 7 hens. only 2 hens are laying now. 2 boxes are up off the floor about a foot. the other 2 are simply big cat litter boxes with straw in them and they are on the floor of the coop. my 2 laying girls like to lay in the big box on the floor of the coop. i was ready to get rid of my girls today cuz i was so discusted. the snake left the egg it had slobbered all over and i sure don't wanna eat it now. how do i get rid of this thing? i love chickens more than any other animal in the world. and i have a pet chicken who LOVES me so much and needs human attention every day. i can't imagine giving her up. please help with any ideas. i am so afraid to even go out and check eggs anymore. i'm sure it's a harmless snake, but no matter what kind it is....i HATE snakes!!! they creep me out.