For that, Allison's dad actually calls the snake his "buddy."
"It has never tried to harm any chickens or their chicks," Allison said. "We welcome it because it's free rodent control. I think as long as the snake isn't harming the chickens, it should be tolerated."
Following the hen's lead, Allison decided to let the cozied-up snake be — and after checking again a short while later, found the snake had slithered away on his own.