someone said in another thread, that snakes can climb wire. i asked about hardware cloth wire,, but got no response. any of you herpitoligists out there know if a chicken snake can climb 36'' of hardware cloth??? i know they can easily climb 2x4s and pole, by wrapping around them, even steel poles. i have a 10' front section of my hen yard that is open for me to see in from the house, with 2 layers of chicken wire and the bottom 36'' covered with 1/2'' hardware cloth. can a snake climb up the 36'' of HW cloth and go through the chicken wire. these are ruining my summer, as i've had 6 so far this year, and lost one of my yard hatched biddies monday night. he did get in an egg box then and that's where his career ended. i'm not sure why he didn't get any more biddies, it might have been at night and he couldn't find them, he probably got the first on the perch and the rest scattered. anyway you turn it,, i'm gonna fix the coop where a spider can't get in. when i built the hen house last fall i put a lot of thought in it and got it extremely secure,,, but the snakes are proving hard to deal with. i originally called my hen house Fort Mc Cluck-Cluck,,,, but i'm not so cocky now,,,,,,,,----------- i also have an open side with 2 layers of chicken wire, with a 37'' tall steel roofing panel on the bottom. now i know [ or thought i did ] that a snake can't climb up that to the chicken wire,,, can it???? i live in mississippi and can not wrap it all in galvanized tin, as it is too hot. hardware cloth anything that isn't tin or steel???? i need some help here... thanks Bypassing the censor with symbols is a no-no.