I set a broody hen on April 15th and eggs began hatching this week so I have about ten new children. Went out to attend to my chickens this am and heard a commotion in the separate room where the new mama and her brood was. As I went in a black snake was speeding across the room with a bright yellow chick in its mouth. I began beating it with the feed scoop I had in my hand just as it was going under a piece of tin to escape. It Released the chick and I dealt with it according to its sins. The chick was fine and went back under his mama. The next time I looked it was down on its knees with wing tips together and beak pointed to heaven in an attitude of prayer. The last black snake that called was a nice seven footer that took two turns around my naked calf as I tried to kill it. I can still feel that thing on my leg!