Tonight I took some fresh-picked lettuce over to feed my chickens through their fence in the run, and none of them would come running to me, which I found odd, since they love their greens.
Finally, I enticed my best eater, Esther, over for several pieces but the others would not budge.
So I went to see what was up. The rooster was really talking to them, almost as if he were delivering a college lecture to students.
I thought maybe there was a delicious plant or tasty bugs he'd found for them. He is very observant and great at finding things.
But, no, it was a big long green-and-yellow snake, all curled up on the ground. They were fascinated by it. I think it's the first snake they've ever seen and they didn't quite no what to make of it. The snake was motionless, and I wondered whether they had pecked it to death, but they weren't getting terribly close to it, nor did they seem very afraid of it.
So I put the greens in their drinking water and called them into that part of the run. After some time, they came to eat it.
I went back to check on the snake, wondering whether I should attempt to kill him with a rock or something? Could a snake hurt chickens? I don't think he was poisonous, but I don't know? Could he get in the coop and eat their eggs? He was no bigger around than a small cigar or kitten's tail.
But he had vamoosed, nowhere to be seen was he. It gives me the creeps not knowing where he went. While I was looking for him, my cat snuck up behind me and rubbed my leg, scaring me.
I don't like to kill any creatures, but what do you think about this snake?
I'll bet he was ecstatic to get away with his life. Chickens have sharp beaks.
It was really interesting watching the chickens react to their first snake.