But then you find the rest of it in the upper corner nest box devouring your eggs.
It's obvious I didn't take the time to put the camera settings to rights, as after he recovered from the flash he hissed at me then slithered away under the chicken coop. Now, normally it is not I who brings in the eggs, it's little hands that reach into the boxes before looking first.
This makes me very thankful that I was the one who discovered the snake. He didn't have a rattle as I took a good look at his tail before I went looking for the rest of him. This is the same thing that happened last year, only Mike and Dad killed that one. Unfortunately, I was not in the right position to dispatch him, and my gun-toting brother was in the house. Anyhow, we had plans of burning the old coop. I guess this means we will be doing it sooner rather then later.
This explains why more than half of our chickens do not lay in the coop, why we don't get half as many eggs as we used to (even when gathered from their little hidden nests), and why the cats stopped going under the coop to catch mice.
I really hate snakes.
Before I made the trip to the chicken coop I had been taking pictures of my garden. Here Pearl is resting in the shade of my bean plants.
These are Tabasco peppers
These are Roma tomatoes
This is a visitor to my beans
And this is the biggest cucumber plant.
Obviously, my garden has grown since I took the other pictures and posted them. I have many delicate little blossoms everywhere! The grape tomato plants have tiny green tomatoes hanging from them and they will need bigger stakes soon. The zucchini is spreading it's little branches and all of the peppers have dozens of buds. The cucumbers have started to climb up my fence. The squash doesn't seem to be as eager to do so. I suppose we will just have wait and see if they end up climbing it. Lord willing, in a few weeks we can be eating off my garden.
Hope you enjoyed!