A few years ago John's daughter found a pretty yellow parakeet in a tree in their yard. She was able to catch the bird and put it in a cage where she gave it a home in their kitchen. They have two cats in a cage and let them out to exercise sometime. The cats were after the poor little bird so she moved it to the living room beside a window. I guess it had as good a life as a bird in a cage can have. Plenty of food and water, a cuttle bone and gravel in the floor of the cage. A toy or two and a bell. The happy life came to an end recently. When they went into the living room early one morning there was something drapped over the bird cage and the bird was missing. On closer look it was a snake. She was able to get the cage out the front door and determine the snake was not a rattlesnake but a chicken snake. She could see the buldge in the snake where the poor little bird was. She was able to shoot the snake (I know chicken snakes are good snakes) but she was mad at it for eating her bird. How did the snake get into the house? They don't know but I would be searching for every little hole and closing them up. As I've said before they live in a very old farm house with lots of farm junk around. She hasn't seen the rattlesnake again that she shot at so she thinks it died. Once they spent a lot of time making a cute little garden with a water fall in their front yard. It wasn't long before two Water Moccasions took up residence there so they completely destroyed the pretty water feature which sent the snakes packing probably far to the back to the stock tank.