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Chickens eating snakes

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I was wandering the yard yesterday and noticed my flock of 11 hens were chasing each other around; one had caught something tasty and the others wanted it. Turns out it was a 6 inch long snake, and was apparently a great prize. I saw another hen with one who sucked it right down (gross) and seemed to enjoy it immensely. They must have found a nest somewhere. tongue


Edited by tvtaber - 4/17/08 at 9:34am
Vicki
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Good Girls

Laura- From  Columbia SC Just hanging out in Sanford NC 
       
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Laura- From  Columbia SC Just hanging out in Sanford NC 
       
If wishes were horses beggars would ride and if frogs had wings they wouldn't bump their butts.   Ann Taylor Bell - my mom
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post #3 of 9

what good hens thats my guys some times catch mice and eat them

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post #4 of 9

My chickens love catching and eating those little snakes too!  I worry a little about them digesting since they seem to suck it all down at once - like one long piece of spaghetti, but no problems so far.

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ok, really weird question.  What happens if the snake isn't dead when they slurp them down?  Is that possible?

post #6 of 9

I would think that it doesn't take to long to suffocate. Either way it tastes good to them.

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I sure hope my chickens like snakes! Can't wait to see it!

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7 acres, 6 kids, 2 dogs-black lab mix, rhodesian ridgeback, 5 EE's, 4 leghorns, 2 RIR's, 1 red sex link, 1 black sex ling, 25 fryer chicks, and wanting more!
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post #8 of 9

I haven't seen my girls slurp down a snake but I have seen them come across a nest of mice babies and just went to town with their nice little treats

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30 SPOILED Hens, 2 Roos, 1 Brittany Spaniel, 3 Cat, daughter Katlyn 17 going on 30 and 1 other half.
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They will eat grab and eventually eat bullfrogs that jump out of the ducks kiddie pool too!  Caused an heck of a ruckus in our run once.

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George
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