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post #21 of 32

We just scare the non-poisonous snakes back into the woods, we don't have baby chicks to worry about.  I am only getting 4 eggs a day, and we pick them up each day, so if I loose 1 or 2 it would be ok.  We usually see black snakes, racer snakes, rat snakes, but the copperhead that bit my dog had to die. She lived, but had a fat lip for almost 2 weeks.

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Originally Posted by dawg53 

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This yellow rat snake was after my 12 week old pullets in their grow out pen.


That snake was after YOU!  tongue

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post #23 of 32

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Originally Posted by ranchhand 

Collect eggs often, protect your chicks with hardware cloth. I'll take out a venomous snake right away, but rat snakes are GOOD snakes. They keep the mice, rats and roaches out of your feed.

We relocate a dozen or so every year, but there are always more. Grateful to have them overall, just don't need quite as many as we have here on the coast. smile

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I let the snake get away but now the whole family does not want to go in the hen house to gather eggs.  I killed one last year because it got into the rabbits pen and one just was dead inside.  I do not know if the rat snake thought it had a really big rat and bit off more than he could swallow lol.  Now, I will let the dog go ahead of me when I gather eggs.  I also have a hen sitting one some silkie eggs.  Wow, I love all the help everyone has given me.  Thanks to you all!!!!!


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Edited by Steve_of_sandspoultry - 7/20/11 at 11:02am
post #26 of 32

We will only kill poisonous snakes.  Never kill or even bother the others because they are a great benefit.  My question is, how do those large snakes get into your runs and coop.  I am completely covered with hardware cloth and have not yet had a snake in the run or coop.

post #27 of 32

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Originally Posted by ranchhand 


Do you like mice, rats, roaches and poison better, though? (my personal phobia is roaches- can't even look at a pic)

Poisonous snakes die fast here, but we have carefully weighed the benefits and educated ourselves- non-venomous snakes live, because they are of great benefit.


I just can't stand snakes, I can stand bugs and spiders, but snakes...that is a whole different matter! hidesickbyc

My family will not kill gardner snakes, or any other such snake..but rattle snakes DOS! ( Die On Sight ).

~Aspen


You do realize that the OP is talking about a rat snake, not a rattle snake, right?  BIG difference!  wink


Yes, I knew she was talking about a Rat snake. smile

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~ White & Colored Sebastopols ~ American Buffs

 

~Buff Orpington Ducks ~ Muscovys ~ Calls

 

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post #28 of 32

I have seen a small rat snake go through 1/2-inch hardware cloth, so if I was building an outdoor pen for baby chicks, I'd use the 1/4-inch hardware cloth. Most snakes big enough to bother your birds/eggs can't get through the 1/2-inch wire.

My cousin just lost all 6 of his 8-week-old pullets to a dog, because he built the chicken run out of chicken wire instead of hardware cloth (which my mom TOLD him to do, and he didn't listen. tongue)

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post #29 of 32

relocate they good snakes just not for chickens I hate all snakes  hide will move the good ones to keep the mice population down thumbsup

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post #30 of 32

I found one of my hens playing with a dead  harmless garden snake. Would a hen kill a small snake?  ( about 1 ft. long )roll

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