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So, I've posted on here about having to deal with several snakes within a short period of time eating my eggs the ducks and chickens were sitting on. We've killed 3, put moth ball granules around(because I don't enjoy killing them, would rather deter them) and hadn't seen one in over a week. Yippee.....we thought. We had a bantam hen with a baby Serama chick and one of our Muscovies eggs were hatching. This morning we go out to find no baby Serama  and ducklings missing. I AM P.O.'d!!!! One of the ducklings hatched was weak and died today so I'm trying something I saw on Animal Planet. I tied a string to the dead duckling, left it in the nest,  secured the other end to a cage in the shed. If it's not too full from last nights meal I'm hoping it comes back tonight and in the morning I should find a snake sitting there attached to the cage by a string!!  It worked well for the people on the program I was watching.......crossing my fingers. I do not need them to control mice, rats, or other snakes. My cats to that just fine. I don't want to offend anyone but I cannot and will not allow them to kill my ducklings and chicks.

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Link to Ohio DNR, how to remove snake, better to relocated than kill them.



http://ohiodnr.com/?tabid=5674#snakes

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Deerman, under most circumstances I would agree with you 100%. This is our fourth year living here and we have relocated many snakes and possums(I know many think this is wrong). But I have caught them attacking my adult birds, ripping feathers out of them, trying to run them off. They have turned on me as well. They destroy my duck nests because the eggs are to big but they move the eggs all over trying to eat them. There are plenty of mice, birds, frogs, etc. for them here but my ducklings and chicks are a buffet for them. We have done our best to possum proof our sheds and runs but there is no way we can snake proof everything we have.  This is frustrating for me also, I do not like killing them. I will read the link though and maybe it will help. Thank you.

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post #4 of 16

Here in Ohio you can NOT relocated raccoons, possums, or skunks.

You can release on your land, or kill them.

They want you to relocated snakes. 

Just release them miles from area were people keep poultry.

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A fellow on another forum read my story about the snake in my chicken coop, and had this suggestion...

Put a fish hook in a hard boiled egg with a string attached to the hook, the other end to a fence or something, and put it out where the snake would pass by it in order to get in your coop. He said it gets them every time.

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I guess this one ate too much the night before(on my fat chicks!), it did not come around last night. Will try something again tonight.

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post #7 of 16

you need to talk to snake expert, but i think snakes feed once a week or so, not daily. another snake trap: box with a round hole just big enough for snake to get in. place a couple eggs inside. snake crawls in, eats eggs, can't get out, eggs inside make him too fat, then relocate or???

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I keep "snake eggs" in some of my nests at all times.  They are a resin egg the size and weight of a chicken egg in either brown or white.  The snakes usually come in at night so there are no regular eggs in the nests.  I find eggs missing but the snakes don't come back.  Yes, the snake dies somewhere but after losing baby chicks, eggs, baby rabbits and bantams to them, I don't feel too badly for them.  Coons, possums, skunks are trapped in live animal traps using sardines for bait.  I don't normally set traps for those unless I am losing chickens or seeing torn up nests.  They become buzzard feed!

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post #9 of 16

Funny this should come up. Just recently on YouTube I saw a video of a snake trap. Here is the link: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvTsFxvkNho

It is a glue trap, and if you want to relocate the snake you can pour vegetable oil on it and it releases the glue.

The video shows how it works with a rat snake and lists a website where you can order it.

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The most successful trap I know and use is a simple flat board, like a sheet of thin plywood.  I lay in on some uneven ground next to my coop.  Its actually really thin but I also use regular plywood in another spot so know it works.  This is especially effective in the spring when the temps are cooler (and fall).  The snakes gather underneath it for the warmth on it.  I flip it up and shoot them.   Have killed a lot that way.

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