I found one of my sweet little 10 week old olive egger chicks dead in the new coop this morning . I am thinking a snake got her because she was "wet" from head to shoulders with some sort of gooey mucus-like stuff (not water). There were no puncture marks and her neck was not broken. It looks like the snake got her 1/3 down and realized it couldn't handle it and spit her out. I'm soooo bummed out about this... I just moved them to this new coop day before yesterday and I really thought I had made the coop predator proof... of course I was thinking raccoons and foxes... not snakes! eek! The sides are 1/2" hardware cloth... the top is coated chicken wire (note that the top of the yard is only 2 feet off the ground)and the bottom has a 24" welded wire (2"x4") apron. Does this sound like a snake to you? This is the first time I've found a chick like this so I'm not sure... it's just the only thing I could think of that would do this... could it be something else? How would you remedy this situation? I read that covering the entire coop with plastic bird netting might work - I just happen to have TONS of it out in the barn... what do you think would that do it... or do you have other suggestions? I'm so worried now that I know they are NOT safe... help, please!