3 snakes in one week!!!! The first one was in the shed trying to get eggs under our duck, got a hoe and killed it. The second one was trying to get my banty's eggs, started striking her. I didn't have a hoe handy but did have gloves on so I just grabbed the sucker with my hands and killed it with a shovel. Tonight we were closing everyone up and there was ANOTHER one trying to eat the eggs out from under another duck. We got a shovel but couldn't kill it in there because of the straw, DH went to get another shovel and it started striking our hen. I was so mad I just reached down and grabbed it with my bare hands. This one was actually almost 6ft long. The biggest one we've seen yet. Do moth balls really work? Can anyone please give me any suggestions on what I can do to keep these things out of our hens nests? Any and all suggestions, no matter how far fetched are welcome!!! He had actually cracked one of the eggs and there was blood. We put some candle wax on it. Hope it helps.