I had an interesting start to my morning. Went out at sunrise to do the chicken chores. As I approached the hen yard I heard this hiss. Being it was that early in the morning I knew it could not be cicadas. I looked around and could not see anything immediately, then I spotted him, a huge rattlesnake. He seemed to be stuck in the chick fencing that is inside the regular fencing. I ran to the house, put on my tall boots, grabbed my shovel, went back to t scene, struck the snake behind the head with the point of the shovel, shoved the shovel with the head under it deep into the earth until he stopped rattling at me! By the time he was dead I was breathing hard. I completely decapitated it, buried the head elsewhere since even a dead snake head can be poisonous. When I let the chickens out they were leary to go near the headless body since it was still writhing. Now for a cup of coffee.