Hi. I am new here. Just registered. My three boys are begging to raise chickens. They want to live on a farm. We only live on one acre. So we planted a small garden for starters. They wanted a horse, I told them no. Now they are begging for chickens. We live out in the country (rural area). Since I also have longed to live on a farm (my grandparents and great-grandparents are/were farmers), I thought I could give in to this one request of theirs. I have decided to fence in a 35 x 25 area for the chicken yard and have an 8 x 8 chicken coop. Here is my problem . . . SNAKES. Can't stand them!!!!!!!! I can't even look at them on the television. I even have nightmares about them. A phobia that dates back to an incident on my grandparents farm when I was 5. I live on property that borders a national forest, so I know they have to be close by. I have only seen one since we moved here 6 years ago, and he was dead (we unknowingly ran over him with the truck). I know there are mice, coyotes and possibly panthers in the national forest. My biggest fear is that the chickens will attract snakes. I know they do; I just wonder if there is something that I can do to prevent this. Thanks, NOT A SNAKE LOVER.