I put golf balls in the nest for snakes to carry off as a gift. In the last three
days I have found 2 large chicken snakes. Will moth balls or sulphur
keep snakes away?
Does anything repel snakes?
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Moth balls are toxic, so I wouldn't use them or sulphur. Neither works anyway.
I did some research on this topic the year I killed four 4-foot long snakes raiding my nest boxes. The best preventive found was "Snake Away." You can buy it at most feedstores for under $10. Keep in mind, however, that it doesn't work 100% of the time, or with all kinds of snakes.
I've heard that running a hotwire along the botttom of your run, about 4 inches off the ground, will keep snakes away. Once they hit it, they don't come back. A second wire along the top will keep the coons out too.
Kathy, Bellville TX
I think "Snake Away" is what my stable recommended for keeping snakes out of our tack rooms. I never used it however.
Is this the same thing as "snake repellent"? Would it poison the poultry should they root around in it?
I use moth balls, have never had it bother the chickens, they seem to leave them alone. I had a few snakes get in with the rabbits last year and eat some babies, talk about a horrifiing find for a 9 year old girl to walk up on. I put them under the shed.
I might be wrong, but if you read the ingredients on snake away or the other repellents, they are the same thing that moth balls or crystals are made out of, I don't use the crystals more afraid the birds would eat them.
Years ago I saw a video of crows in a garden picking up moth balls and rubbing them all over their feathers, they said they figured out they killed mites/lice, now how a crow could figure this out I have no idea, but they did pick them up and rub them all over their body, it was amazing.
I use moth balls also. I lost 5 young chickens in a run a couple of months ago. I hadn't put moth balls out in awhile. I put out about 7 boxes of moth balls after that happened (around all of my coops and runs), and haven't had a problem since. Don't know if it's because of the moth balls, but I really don't know what else to use. I'd love to know if there's something else that works, that is cheaper and doesn't smell-I hate the smell of moth balls, and 7 boxes of them was like $40. And I think it's time to do it all over again. Most of them have disolved because of the rain.
I put mothballs around the OUTSIDE of the coop. Supposedly they don't like it.