What a difference a day makes. Yesterday two 4 ft rat snakes showed up in the barn. A storm was brewing and my girls were getting the horse in the barn. As PJ was approaching the nesting bucket, she noticed one trying to get his mouth around a chicken egg. As we attempted to remove it with a rake, we found its mate under the bucket. They soon tired of our poking and slowly made their way through the walls of the barn. I never did see where they went.
Well, today they returned and all of a sudden this didn't feel like such an adventure.
While the kids and I were inside learning about snakes through this great blog that shows you how to get the most out of The Handbook of Nature Study, the chickens were outside making a fuss. One snake had swallowed a shaker egg we use to encourage the chickens to lay in the nesting bucket. That didn't fare well for the snake. But he did keep time as he tried to slither away.