OK--so all isn't exactly as we expect on the farm. This morning I set out on a mission to disassemble the chicken tractor and reassemble it into a chicken brooder. Soooo, I'm working taking the tractor apart and thought I'd take a break and go in and say "hey" to the girls. Wellllll, in one of the nest boxes was a great big loooooong snake all curled up---eeeew! I took a stick and poked at it and it went behind the nest boxes. Oh, yes, that's great...still in the house. Sooo, I gathered the eggs that the girls had laid and went back to my destruction job.
A couple hours later I decided to check out the chicken house again and, oh yes, the snake was back. I stepped outside, got a shovel, secured the snake behind its head and grabbed it with my hand. It had an egg in it--I could see the outline of it in the snake's body---ewwwww!
I pulled the snake out of the nest and realized that I didn't have a bucket with a lid or a sack at the chicken house so I had to carry the snake all the way to the shop--seemed like a 1/2 mile but it's only about 80 steps. While on the way to the shop, the snake regurgitated the egg into the yard (unbroken, I might add), and I realized that snakes are really strong! It was all I could do to keep a hold of it behind the head AND it wrapped its body around my arm on the way to the shop---not cool I would say--ewwwww!
I found a sack inside a box that I had carefully closed the lid on--really hard to open a box with one hand and a snake in the other! ewwwwww! Got it in the sack and immediately it found a hole and poked its head out and started to escape--but I was able to keep it in the sack, get in the truck, drive about a mile up the road, and released the snake. I sure hope they don't come back from that far away.
Sorry I didn't get a photo, but my hands were full! Such is life on the farm.
I did get the chicken tractor disassembled and the baby chick "brooder" rebuilt. It was a must do since I've ordered 56 chicks to be delivered August 14!