So we knew a snake was probably getting to our eggs since we’d seen some egg shell pellets (droppings made up of crushed egg shell) around the last few weeks. One problem with free ranging chickens is that some of our hens are not content with the laying boxes we built for them so they find other comfy and “safe” places to lay. Sometimes these places are a little to close to nature. So Lisa decided to make the barn a little less snake friendly and lo and behold we had a resident. A large resident. A 6’+ resident. A black rat snake whose belly was still full of eggs. We’ve seen them around the property but nothing this size. She captured it and we relocated it to a bit wilder place around the corner but not before taking a few photos.
Addendum: “captured it”. I am a bad ass and bad asses don’t play around! I found him, reached down and pulled that _______ out with my bare hands! Yes, my bare hands! After capturing 2 opossum, a raccoon and pulling a 6’+ snake out with my bare hands, I am the self-proclaimed stuff of legends! Just needed to throw that in.