...The Mystery of the Wooden Egg
We have witnessed a snake in the chicken coop before and one with a huge egg-shaped belly right after it had eaten a hard wooden egg.
These wooden eggs are sometimes put into the nest box to encourage egg-laying. Many times, however, the snakes (in our case they are rat snakes) come in looking for a real egg and eat the wooden eggs by mistake.
When this happens, if they are fortunate, they will regurgitate them. In this instance the snake traveled to the west side of the Trail and did just that. Hence we found the wooden egg far from the original nest box it was intended to be in.