Today I was outside working around my coop...talking to my chickens (tyring to convince them it's time for some eggs) and I noticed my dog acting strangely. She was backing up...looking at the ground...kind of whimpering...I didn't see anything. I went inside and got my DH to come look. He looked around in the tall grass and found a snake. It was black with a yellow belly, about 2 1/2' long. AND BOY COULD THAT THING MOVE FAST!!! I don't know what kind it was but I am sure it would have gotten any eggs that my dearest little chickies promise me they will soon be laying. I really think the snake was after some eggs or little Wrens that nest in the birdhouses out there. But we all know sooner or later he would have found my chicken house. Thanks to my dog "Maggie" he is now dead and long gone. I am thanking my lucky stars I didn't step on the thing.