My pop door didn't open as soon as it should have this morning so I went through the gate in and out to hit the button for it to open and then back to the house to get my cup of coffee. We always sit outside in the morning watching the chickens while having coffee. They all came running to the fence so I went back to the gate to throw them some scratch and sunflower seeds. After that I finished my coffee and then went inside the gate again to check on their feeders before cleaning the coop. Right behind the 2nd feeder beside the tree was a rattlesnake, about 3 feet from me, it was all curled up and sound asleep. I hollered at my husband to get a bucket because his doctor just authored a book on rattlesnakes and ask us to get him one the next time we saw one. My husband went through the gate with the bucket, we caught that one and as he was going out of the gate he looked down and hollered there's another one. Sure enough right where I had walked not once, twice, or three times but 6 times through the gate was another one all curled up and asleep. We caught it and put it in the bucket with the other one.
Thank goodness it was cooler this morning than usual and the ground was really damp, too. They don't react as fast when it's cooler. I'm so grateful to God it didn't bite me or my husband.
Edited by pfields - 9/23/15 at 1:48pm