I got home from work yesterday and went out to the coop to check on the chickens. I looked up in the coop and saw a dead 4 and a half week old. I look the little guy over and noticed dried saliva all over its head and neck. No blood, no broken bones, Just looked like maybe my puppy got into the coop and played with it to death. I asked the wife about the pup and she said, she has never been in the coop. I dispose of the chick and went into the coop to look for clues on how this happened. This is what I found. And this is what had to happen. I hate killing a Texas Rat Snake. They do a lot of good....But I can't heve them killing my chicks or stealing my eggs.