So, it appears that I have a snake problem..or do I? Can someone please tell me what the most eggs they've had a snake get from a nest in a night?? Does anyone have an experience with a snake eating many eggs in one night, or does it tend to be just a few at a time??
Chicken snakes (Rat Snakes) are something that I run across from time to time at my house. I have a Silver Laced Wyandotte that was sitting on 18 eggs. She was on them daily, and I was hoping that they would hatch, and she would teach them the ways of a chicken. Last Thursday, all 18 eggs were in the nest. On Friday I went to check on them, and every single one of them were gone. There wasn't a single piece of a shell anywhere to be found.
I was and I am still puzzled. For there to be no shell pieces anywhere made me think that it looked like a snake's handywork. However, I did not think that a single snake could eat 18 in one night. I can not rule out multiple snakes, but my chickens have been laying for months, and I have not noticed missing eggs before that night. What are the chances that multiple snakes would just so happen to hit a nest in the same night, ya know?
Well, someone told me that a large snake could eat all 18 in one night. Someone else told me that 4-5 would probably be the most one could take.
ALSO--- The next night, I thought that I had a snake problem, and I took a dozen eggs from another nest, and I put them in the Wyandotte's nest. Then I boiled 2 eggs, cut a slit in them with a serrated knife, inserted a small hook tied with fine braided line, anchored it to the wall, and I placed them with the rest of the eggs. The next morning, hoping to find a snake on the line, I was surprised to find all of the eggs gone, again, but this time there were pieces of shells in the coop. I thought that it might have been an opossum or my chickens smelled the boiled eggs with the slits and went to town eating them all. It was bad luck, either way.
Thank you very much!