Last night, It had just got dark, I went out to close the coop door. About half way there, I notice what (in the dark) seemed to be a "rope" going from the hoe handle to the shovel handle around the wooded latch into the hen house. I have 3 boys. I thought, "what have those crazy kids tied to my shovel handle?" Then it dawned on me, that might be a snake. So I scurried back into the house, got a flash light and went back to get a closer look. Sure enough it was a black snake going into the door of the coop. All nine of my hens were on thier roosts settled down for the night. It didn't seem to bother them at all. Now, it was on the floor and had not had time to make it up to the nesting boxes or to the roosts. I wonder if i would have been different if it had started climbing up closer to them. Ever had this situation? What did your hens do. I have no rooster, so no alarm there. I have seen song birds fuss when they see a snake. I sort of thought a chicken would too.