Hi Everyone, I'm new to the site and new with the chickens...lol. My question has to do with keeping snakes out of my new coop. About three years ago my brother gave me 4 hens for our new home and we built a beautiful coop for them. I did everything the books told me to do about keeping prediters out of the coop. Needless to say we didn't have a problem with fox, possiums, raccoons, hawks, mice or dogs getting in but snakes kept getting in the coop. I lost 2 hens I think from heartattacks cause we couldn't find any bites on them and the other 2 stopped going into the coop so I gave them back to my brother. My daughter and I nearly grabbed a snake several times while gathering eggs and I gave up on having chickens. This year I am going to try again but before I order my chicks or build that new coop I would like to know how to keep the snakes away. Does anyone have a suggestion on how to do this? P.S. I have thought about putting snake-away around the coop but I'm afraid of the hens eating it ! I would love to know what can be done in the coop building process to help prevent them from getting in.