They were purebred Cochins, too. I still have one of them and hope it's a hen, otherwise that means I'll have 3 roosters instead of 2!
I have another larger Cochin hen pullet and 3 Buff Orpington hen pullets, so it's not like I don't have some
youngsters. Thank goodness they've reached the stage of growth they're too big for a snake to eat. Generally the only thing in danger from a black snake are eggs, as long as you don't have any peepers.
My plan is to raise several broods for meat, which is why I have the roos. I know that some mortality is to be expected, but I lost 3 adult hens to a fox in one day, so to lose this peeper now is beyond upsetting.