I have 6 new hens who were just starting to lay when suddenly they stopped. At first I thought I was doing something wrong but tonight I found a huge garter snake trapped in the plastic bird netting I had put up to catch snakes. My problem now is do I kill it or leave it for the chickens to "practice" hunting on? Normally I kill them if I can't get them loose but now that I have chickens my priorities are different. Either way he is chicken food but I feel guilty letting him suffer. On the other hand he is trapped and can't fight back so it seems it would be a good way for the hens to learn to kill large egg eating snakes. Please advise me.