This is our first summer with eggs and we are doing miserably. in the last 2 weeks, black snakes have killed two setting hens and eaten their eggs. Two layers and one mama that successfully hatched out one chick 4 days ago remain. Just now I found another 6 footer in the laying box and thankfully a neighbor was able to help. Next steps to try sulfur and an apron outside the run. But honestly, I am so freaked out by these snakes that I am not sure i can raise chickens if I have to deal with the snakes without help. Is there any hope?