I live in a remote and heavily forested area of Mexico and I'm having a terrible time with snakes. I have domestic birds of all types, geese, turkeys, ducks and chickens. The primary snake type is boa constrictor and we've had them here from 1 foot up to 12 feet long. Once we found 5 snakes in 5 days but typically it's about 2 per month.
So far my turkey hens have proved to be the most helpful in sounding the alarm for snakes, but their call does not sufficiently penetrate the forest so that I can hear them from the house and she doesn't call at all at night. I also have 5 black-bellied whistling ducks that will call when they see a snake but they are too brave and try to attack and I'm afraid one will get choked.
I'm hoping guinea fowl will be helpful. I have heard that Guinea Fowl are really snake averse and will sound the alarm if they see one. Anyone have experience with this and have any insight? I lost a Rouen duck last night and I'm really needing to beef up defenses. The Rouen was in a brooder house that I thought was secure but the snake burrowed through the sand and under the wall to get in. My husband dug around the house today and buried rocks so hopefully that can't happen again but now I have a hen set in there and I'm stressed.
I have the geese that sound the alarm for people, dogs and hawks and the whistling ducks that sound an alarm for just about everything else. Looking for a good snake alarmer!
Thanks for all the help!