I wondered why I had half the number of eggs I usually get. Today when I opened the coop there was a 4 ft black snake all curled up in a nesting box and a chicken in the next next box laying an egg. I don't know much about snakes but I assume it was a black snake. It barely moved and didn't seem afraid of me at all. I had a hard time getting it out of the box--had to take the whole thing out and dump it in the yard. I finally threw the snake over the fence wwith a hoe which was a mistake because that is not far enough away and I am sure it will be back. Not happy about this. Next time I will relocate it further away. My neighbor down the road told me to take it to his house as he likes them and they eat copper heads.