So I looked out the back door as I often do, just to eyeball the ladies during the day. I notice they're all standing in a single file row, across the run, chattering up a storm and staring down at the ground. About 2-3 feet away from the chicken line, a 2 & 1/2 foot long eastern king snake is slithering through the run! I thought chickens would kill snakes that weren't big enough to kill them? My girls where quite puzzled, but just stood in a line gawking and squawking at the snake as he passed through. I, of course, couldn't just stand there. I grabbed a handy stick from the ground, chased him down and caught him for the kids to see when they got home from school. Once the hubs gets home to have a look, the snake will be released in the back yard in the woods somewhere. I was thrilled to see this snake. I haven't seen an eastern king in years and was beginning to think the only snakes in my yard were copperheads! I've read a lot of folks finding snakes this year. I wonder if the weather has promoted an increase in large snakes in the area? Pics to be uploades soon! ETA - Pics! Isn't it gorgeous!?!