How do you keep the snakes away from your baby chicks? I live out in the country and free range my chickens and I dont know what to do. I lost two chicks today due to a 5 foot long missouri constricting black snake, its the second attack ive had from snakes the first attack happened two years ago. I dont see how much could help sence the doors are always open (except at night) and a large snake can go threw chickenwire with ease. I hate loosing chicks this way any advise will help.