Lost one of my best broody hens last night because she wouldn't leave her nest. Found her in a strange position in her nest this morning with no eggs under her. Took her to the vet this morning (I work there) to ask him why he thought she died. He said he was 100% sure that a snake swallowed her head and smothered her, then spit her out and stole the eggs. I have declared war on any snake I may find in my barn. I normally don't kill anything (not even spiders), but I am out to get the snake that killed my hen! My poor 8 year old child is so worried about her little banny hen that now we have her sleeping in the house. I went out and checked my coop about an hour ago and no sign of a snake...thank goodness!