I just have to tell this to folks that will understand, and get a laugh out of it: This afternoon I went to check on my chickens and gather eggs. I noticed that the nest egg, a white wooden one from my daughter's play kitchen set, was missing. Thinking the chickens had covered it with straw, because there was nowhere else it could be, I lifted the straw back from a nesting box with my hand...and discovered a large black snake coiled in the box. It was about 3 feet long. I noticed a large bulge, just the size of the wooden nest egg, along his length, and deduced that he had eaten the nest egg. I went to get my husband, and we eventually killed him, employing the use of a shovel and eventually a gun. The chickens did not have sense enough to stay out of the way of the gun or the snake, although none were hurt, and the chicken tractor has a few extra ventilation holes from the .410 blast. Just in case you were wondering, gunfire at close range does not alarm chickens very much. Neither do snakes, especially dead ones, which they want to peck. Unfortunately for my daughter, said nest egg is now buried inside the snake body in the woods. Any suggestions for snake repellants?