Remember those hot compost piles I have been working on. Some of the finished ones we applied to the asparagus beds today to make room for new future piles. Look at all that good rich compost used as mulch on the base of those asparagus fronds. A major component of those compost piles is the duck litter from the duck house.
When digging the compost we found a snake nest with 7 eggs from a huge speckled king snake that we saw in the compost pile the other day. This is great and we are happy to welcome her to our garden. Not only will she feast on the voles and mice around the property but these snakes actually attack and eat poisonous snakes like the copperhead which is prevalent in my area.
So for that reason alone we left Miss Sneaky Snake's eggs to remain in a pile to hatch. Hoping for lots of little baby sneaky snake ninja babies to keep the bad snakes away.
So far mama Sneaky Snake has not messed with the chickens or their eggs.