I worked last night and have my chickens in the barn because I combined two hatches and wanted to keep them in for a week so the newer ones would know where to go at night. I was walking to the barn to feed them with my dog, she was ahead of me, I saw a large stick in the yard that was not there yesterday. I yelled at the dog to come to me and when I did she was right by the snake the snake jumped and she jumped. I ran to get the camera with the dog right behind me. This is what it was. Black snake I hope but it was at least 5 feet long. Should I worry about it going in the barn? I think black snakes eat mice and rats. Am I right on that? I havn't seen any rats but? I don't want to kill it but if I need to worry about my chickens maybe I can move it to the woods. My DH would have been in the house hiding. I love snakes Wait till my DH sees these pictures. He won't come outside again for the rest of the summer.