As i type its circumnavigating the chicken house. I really hope it can't climb the shadecloth or it could be a long night ending in something nasty. Its 2.5metres, a python and it looks hungry. When i first saw it at 7.30 i just arrived to lock all the birds in for the night. I've not been on the ball about this but from now on, I will have to be. As i was saying when i first saw it, it was already inside the chicken house and was just about to pounce on a duck. I raised the alarm but the ducks hadn't spotted the snake at that point so barely moved. But shortly after there was a mad rush for the door when four ducks raced out with a snake hot on their heels. It might have had its mouth around the ankle of one of them but with my quick rake action, it let go and everyone got away unharmed. Well as you might imagine, the ducks were not in a hurry to go back inside but i eventually prevailed upon them to get in. I hope they don't have nightmares tonight. I am going to try not to kill the snake but i know if it has no success tonight, it will be back every night for the next few. And it might even strike during the day when everyone is outside free ranging. But i am not about to start locking them in 24 hours as my neighbour does. I might have to try the snake relocation trick. But people don't seem to have much faith that it works. The all seem convinced that its the same snake that makes it back. I guess they all look pretty much alike. Now its time to go and see what the snake is going to try next.