Black snakes, do they kill chickens?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by IggiMom, Jun 21, 2009.

  1. IggiMom

    IggiMom Songster

    Apr 12, 2009
    West Virginia
    I was out mowing yesterday and a very large, perhaps 4-5 feet, Black snake slithered into the grass.[​IMG]

    I am not afraid of snakes and don't usually mind them, but I have a bunch of baby chickies and I am afraid that the snake may get them.

    Do Black snakes usually eat chicks or eggs, does anyone know?

    I have all these Peacocks and Guineas, I thought they were supposed to keep snakes away! Although I suppose this thing would be beyond the capabilities of a Guinea of even a Peafowl.

  2. RendonRoo

    RendonRoo Songster

    Feb 7, 2009
    ft. worth
    Guineas will attack big snakes as well. You might get some of those fake eggs and lay them around the place. The snakes will eat them and die. Good Luck
  3. IggiMom

    IggiMom Songster

    Apr 12, 2009
    West Virginia
    Ha HA! Good idea. Thank you.

  4. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing

    Jan 11, 2007
    Yes, snakes will consume eggs and baby peeps. We like the snakes as they keep rodents under control, which are a bigger threat (disease). I would say, keep the babies safe and just keep an eye out regularly for the snake accessing the chick location.

    Poultry will ward off and even kill smaller snakes, but they'll typically walk away from the bigger ones.
  5. clhbubba

    clhbubba Songster

    Nov 9, 2008
    Central Oklahoma
    YES!! They will eat chicks and eggs and will attack an adult to make her leave the nest. We have been battling them here. Have killed 3 in the last week. I have always been one to relocate snakes rather kill them but when you see them attacking your chicken or duck for their eggs it's a different story. We put moth balls around our chicken sheds last night, hoping it works!!
  6. IggiMom

    IggiMom Songster

    Apr 12, 2009
    West Virginia
    Mothballs won't hurt the chickens?


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