Howdy! I'm new to the forum and I wanted to get y'all's thoughts and advice on an incident that took place this weekend. First of all, even though I grew up on a farm, this is my first year raising chickens as an adult. About six weeks ago I adopted 18 pullets of mixed breeds for eggs and meat. I'm raising them free-range style, where they'll have the run of the backyard once they're big enough. I was moving some scrap lumber near the chickens' pen to stack it in another area when I found this baby copperhead snake (about 6" to 8" long). I didn't have anything to kill it with and I was afraid if I left to get a hoe it would escape (and I certainly wasn't carrying it to get the hoe!). I remembered reading something about chickens killing and eating snakes, so I picked it up (I was wearing leather gloves) and flung it in amongst the chickens. Forming a mob, they all pounced on the snake and fought like crazed velociraptors over it! The snake was dead within a matter of minutes. It was actually pretty funny watching them chase each other around the chicken coop fighting over that snake. One would grab one end, another had the other end and all-out tug-of-war would erupt. One time the tug-of-war happened while another chicken was straddling the snake and that chicken was hopping back and forth while straddling the snake, trying to get off! The chickens had a lot of fun fighting over it for a long time even after it was dead. I guess they ate it, because after a while the snake dissapeared and the chickens returned to normal. I told my husband about this and he thought it was funny, but he also expressed concern that the chickens might have been in danger by the snake and that got me to worrying about it. (He was also relieved that the snake was dead.) I would never have attempted to pick up the snake and/or throw it to them if it hadn't been so small and if I hadn't read somewhere that chickens could kill snakes. I didn't mean any harm to the chickens and certainly didn't want to place them in any danger. It was a split-second reaction to finding that snake and wanting to get rid of it so it wouldn't end up biting one of the children or my other pets! Y'all are more experienced with chickens than I am, so do you think I did the right thing, or did I put the chickens in danger?