Last year, mama and daddy swallow made their nest under our carport. There's a shelf just under the eaves. We were very careful to keep activity to a minimum while they were nesting. Unfortunately, a few days after their four chicks hatched we caught a black snake eating the chicks. He ate all four. I am a harm none kind of person, DH is not. That was Mr. Black Snakes last meal. This year, mama and daddy swallow are back; I assume it's the same pair. Again, four chicks hatched. DH was out with the dogs just a bit ago and noticed the dogs all excited about something on the ground. It was a baby swallow. DH said it didn't look feathered enough to be trying to fledge. He had no choice but to pick it up. Even if the dogs didn't try to eat it, their stomping all around it would have surely killed it. As he was taking the baby back to the nest, he saw a black snake climbing towards the nest. This black snake died of lead poisoning. The thing is, we examined the snakes body carefully and it doesn't look as if he'd just had a meal of three baby birds. We can only assume that the dogs found the other babies and ate them while they were out and DH was tending to some chores. So, the baby bird is back in the nest. The dogs are in the house. The parent birds are around and fussing alot. Will they go back to the baby? We'll keep the dogs in for several hours, but my younger flock of chickens is out there, and I can't control the commotion they cause.