I went out to the coop about a week ago, and I was getting ready to go into a coop, I saw something to the side of the run...I looked and thought it was a lizard, turned out to be a Snake...it was about 2 1/2' long...I of course had finshed with all the coops and I went in the house shaking. Let me say I can not see them in movies, pictures, magazines of any kind...everyone around the house only uses the "S word"...not the actual work. As thats how scared I am, it freaks me out. I have these horrible dreams once I see them. So Honey of course was at work on a 24hr shift....comes home the next to look for me, nothing GONE....then I got to thinking, I thought my hens were molting as I see alot of feathers all over the yard, and runs...I have 4 coops....then I noticed that in my main coop I have 3-4 hens with red combs/wattles. So they should be laying....right? Well here we are going on 3 wks and no eggs, from the main coop...the other coops lay. Then a few days ago I went to the main coop again, and I opened the side door to see the nest boxes, and low and behold....there is a "S word"...small one not the one I saw, of course honey is at work on a 24hr shift AGAIN!!!! I was told you have to find it and try and kill it, ....or you will never know where it is...so I tried with hands shaking, body shaking...I got a hoe and I started to hit it against the coop, NOTHING CAME OUT...next day honey came and looked everywhere, couldnt find anything again!!!! SO NO EGGS NOW FOR 3WKS IN THE MAIN COOP....honey as looked all over the yard around the coops...today only found the skin..... is there anyway to keep them out of the coops??? Please any ideas??? I do have a large EE Roo....does he protect the hens from them??? Im scared to death that while they sleep, they will get swallowed~~does this happen?