When I find a snake in my coop eating my eggs or chicks how far would I have to relocate it to keep it from coming back? I've always heard that once they find a food source (eggs) they will keep coming back. 90% of the snakes are texas rat snakes but I've have a few misc others. I have 16 acres and lots of snakes. I don't mind them except when they are eating my eggs or chicks. I also don't want the poisonous ones right around the house - I really don't want my cat or dogs to get bit. For some reason the poisonous ones like to sit on the front porch and wait for me. I found a 3 1/2' coral snake just curled up on my welcome mat one morning. I almost stepped on it because I wasn't expecting it. I used the hoe and put him back in the field and haven't seen him since - but I've seen a few small ones. They are beautiful snakes! And I've found a copperhead on the porch a time or two. They definetely have an attitude.