I would have lost more than one chick to a 4 foot black rat snake if Regg wasn't such a (insert choice word here). We heard him flapping out in the pin and it's way too late at night for them to be out of the coop. I only have 4 chicks now. I'm so upset over this. We killed the snake, but I still lost a chick. If I hadn't taken the eggs out I would have lost those. I wish I had an incubator, then I'd feel better because I'd be able to hatch more. I love snakes, but I WILL NOT stand for them eating my chicks.