Well I Had my duck hut all set up. Nice, snuggly, and didnt have water draining into it. The perfect spot for my duckies to rest. Or so I thought. Went out to do pools today, I get done and added some hay to the duck-hut ( on my hands and knees) I back out, and not 3 seconds later the thing collapses! I back all the way out and check out the damage. Then I reach for a board to start picking things up, and out comes this foot and a half long copperhead! I turn my ducks away into the far part of the pen, then I run and get a hoe. I start looking for it, carefully taking pieces of wood away. Then I lift up the first kennel, and there he is. Just sitting under there curled up to strike. SO i take the hoe, and start to hack at him. But, I have no hand eye coordination and end up not putting enough force against that ball of muscle. So I weed him out, and he ends up going through the chain link fence and up a tree. As soon as I am sure he is there and still, I grab my 2 month old duckling and run for it! I run up to the house and call my mom out to help me. ( she recently had a bad scare that makes her absolutely loath snakes . I was out of state and she was watching the animals for me. She bent over to scoop out some corn and came half way up. She founded her self face to face with a 6 foot water moccasin. ) Well she comes out, half crying becuase she is so scared ( poor mama) and we see it in the tree, i get in the pen and start hacking at it from my end and she takes the hoe and starts hacking at it from her end. We end up losing it in the tall grass. Now Im all worried. I had to move my kennels, tarp, and boards that made my walls. When I moved my platform that I use as a floor ( used to be the bottom of a tree house) I found what he was after. A nice cozy nest of mice is living under there and they run out. Youd think with all the cats out here they wouldnt be ... well.. here. I have a mama duck with 4 eggs in her nest, 2 drakes, and the baby to worry about. Im not sure if the snake was big enough to take down her eggs though. For a petite thing she sure does give me some good size eggs. Not much I can do, But thought Id share. Ive killed copper heads and Moccasins before out here, but now its personal. No body , especially not a snake, is going to hurt my babies and get away with it. You could say I have determination!