We are getting a lot of rats that are fat and happy bc of all the food we have out for our chickens and rabbits. We have 3 chickens and 2 flemish giant rabbits living together peacefully. We just got a "barn cat" to scare the rats away, but she is scared to death of the chickens. So my husband mentioned a rat snake. They are native to texas, but wasn't sure if they would eat the chickens or rabbits. Has anyone kept snakes around for this reason. I know the snake can eat the eggs. Would the snake scare the chickens so much that they wouldn't lat any??? Thanks!!!!