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Glass Eggs - Can they kill snakes?

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My mother spoke to a friend of hers and she said that if you put glass eggs in the nest the snake will swallow it. This will kill snake then you can retrieve the egg once it dies(yuck). My mom says she remembers my grandmother telling her something like that. Has anyone else heard of the or tried it?

post #2 of 31

have not tried it...how would it kill the snake??  and how would you retrieve it, by cutting it open..YUCK...I'll just buy more glass eggs if that's the case.

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I imagine it would plug the snake up real good but I also imagine that it could regurgitate it.  Never heard of that before.

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Originally Posted by TCollier 

I imagine it would plug the snake up real good but I also imagine that it could regurgitate it.  Never heard of that before.


Me neither, but I'm going to try it. I'm looking on ebay right now. With the electric fence the only problem I have is  snakes. They really love baby quail, lost 8 quail last snake attack only 4 left. Now I have 2 silkies sitting on 20 quails eggs - these really are broody chickens! I'm only worried about my own supply of quail but so far the snakes are winning! I'm buying glass eggs however I don't even know if they are eating eggs! Thinking about buying one of these wildlife cameras to see what is going on!

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Originally Posted by TCollier 

I imagine it would plug the snake up real good but I also imagine that it could regurgitate it.  Never heard of that before.


what r u holdin in your hands???!!!!

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D'Angelo N Va. :

have not tried it...how would it kill the snake??  and how would you retrieve it, by cutting it open..YUCK...I'll just buy more glass eggs if that's the case.


Me too!

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I had a bad problem with snakes.  One killed my hen and ate almost ALL of the fertile eggs.  Only two chicks survived.  To keep anymore snakes out we sprinkled moth powder aroud the OUTSIDE of the coop.  You can also use mothballs.  We put old golfballs in the laying boxes.  All you do is leave an UNfertilized egg in the box next to the golfball. The snake will smell the egg, go to the coop, eat it, eat the golfball mistaking it for an other egg... and die.  They simply can't digest something so solid.  Hope it works!

PS.  Don't be surprised if you find a dead snake in the coop with a golfball lodged in it's throat tongue
PSS.  Don'tworry about your hens!  The snake only killed mine because she was gaurding the eggs... gaurding the only way to its food.  So it's a-okay.

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post #8 of 31

Think I read a couple months ago, that someone had a snake eat the wooden egg or golf ball. Couldn't regurgitate it and couldn't get back out through the fencing. I imagine it would kill a snake.

I'll see if I can find it.

Imp

ETA- Here's that thread. My memory was a little faulty. The snake ate a golf ball. Opinion was that it could regurgitate, but not digest it.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=342074&p=1


Edited by Imp - 7/21/10 at 7:48pm

 

 

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If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit,

for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man.

All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.

 

       ― Chief Seattle

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post #9 of 31

This thread tickles me smile  Every year I collect chicken type books to read to my preschoolers and one favorite book that is in tatters is called
A Snake Mistake by Harriet Ziefert.  It is (supposedly) based on a true story of a farmer who puts lightbulbs in the nest boxes to encourage his hens to lay, but along comes Jake the snake who eats a couple and well I won't ruin the ending for you.
On a serious note, I'd rather kill a snake by a mechanical means (golf balls, glass eggs, etc.) than by a poison.  I'm always afraid of poisoning the wrong thing.  Know any rat solutions beside poison?  I think I have a couple rats though I haven't seen them yet.  I bought d-con but would prefer to think of something else.
I like glass eggs too well to sacrifice so I'd go with the golf ball.

elsiehammer
Southern Tier/Western NY
5 dozen or so chickens, 6 BR turkeys, 2 (pregnant?) sheep, 1 dog, 2 cats, 5 kids, 1 DH, 3 grandsons, 25 preschool students, and many many dreams.
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elsiehammer
Southern Tier/Western NY
5 dozen or so chickens, 6 BR turkeys, 2 (pregnant?) sheep, 1 dog, 2 cats, 5 kids, 1 DH, 3 grandsons, 25 preschool students, and many many dreams.
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post #10 of 31
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Originally Posted by Louieandthecrew 

I had a bad problem with snakes.  One killed my hen and ate almost ALL of the fertile eggs.  Only two chicks survived.  To keep anymore snakes out we sprinkled moth powder aroud the OUTSIDE of the coop.  You can also use mothballs.  We put old golfballs in the laying boxes.  All you do is leave an UNfertilized egg in the box next to the golfball. The snake will smell the egg, go to the coop, eat it, eat the golfball mistaking it for an other egg... and die.  They simply can't digest something so solid.  Hope it works!

PS.  Don't be surprised if you find a dead snake in the coop with a golfball lodged in it's throat tongue
PSS.  Don'tworry about your hens!  The snake only killed mine because she was gaurding the eggs... gaurding the only way to its food.  So it's a-okay.


Will have  to try the golf ball trick


Edited by ottovan - 7/22/10 at 7:28am
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