I went out to the chicken house this morning and boy did I get a surprise. A 5 foot black snake got one of my juvenile ( 1 1/2 month old) chicks. One of the 13 that I hatched from eggs. Don't know how the snake thought he was going to swallow the chick. I called my boyfriend and he said " I'll take care of this." He went in the house and came out with a 44 magnum, loaded with shot and blew a hole in the snake. Hopefully the snake didn't have any relatives here on the farm, if so I guess I will have to take them out too.