Hi Everyone, I'm Cate, from the Sunshine Coast on Australia. I've been lurking on these boards for many weeks getting a lot of ideas and hints on how best to be caring for my chickens. Great resource, thank you. I never imagined how obsessed I would become with these chickens!! A few nights ago, however, I went out to my chicken coup to be greated by a 2.5m long Australian Carpet Python - with one Australorp and one Leghorn in his belly. I had the folks from Australia Zoo come and take the Python away, but the remaining chooks are clearly traumatised and point-blank refuse to go back into the shed. They have a HUGE fenced yard, which they are happy with, but at the first signs of sunset they fly over the fence and up tree, where they've spent the last 2 nights. I'm not 100% certain on the age - maybe 15-16 weeks (not laying). How can I get them back into the chook shed? The Australia Zoo folks were really good in showing us how to "snake proof" the shed, to keep the pythons out at least. I've tried giving it a clean out and laying new shavings and lime. ANY advice would be really appreciated. Even if the advise is to let them sleep in the tree... I'm just not sure what the right thing to do is.