Yesterday we went out to the workshop to show some friends the chicks, and lo and behold a Desert King Snake was slithering around, trying to find the best way to the chicks. Thankfully they were up high so this slowed him down.
The snake got scared out of the workshop and chicks were promptly moved into the house for safer keeping. Now our laundry room smells funky at night (which was why I moved them out of the house to begin with) and our porch sounds lively during the day. Just a few more weeks and the chicks will be ready to join the hens and turkeys in the coop.
We released the snake into the garden area in hopes he will go bigger and protect against venomous snakes and rodents. Hope he catches a mouse soon.