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chicken ate copperhead

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by carrborochicks, Mar 12, 2011.

  1. carrborochicks

    carrborochicks New Egg

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    Hi, I am a new member but long time reader. One of my hens just ate a baby copperhead, is this potentially harmful to her? Thanks for any info.
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    First off welcome to BYC

    This has been posted before. Doesn't appear to be a problem.

    Imp
     
  3. thesteven

    thesteven Out Of The Brooder

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    one of mine has did this before and is fine
     
  4. DanEP

    DanEP Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi:welcome from w ky.
     
  5. flowerchild59

    flowerchild59 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have seen my flock of chickens and geese thru the years eat numerous vermin and snakes and they don't blink an eye when they gobble up the goodies.
     
  6. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Consuming a small snake easy. Newborn copperhead not the smallest, especially in terms of diameter. Bird must have had some difficulty getting it down.
     
  7. carrborochicks

    carrborochicks New Egg

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    Thanks for the welcome and the feedback! Glad to know there is no danger to my hen. She did not seem to have any issue with consuming the snake, except for out running me and the other birds to get a chance to eat in peace. She is the largest Orpington we have. I was pretty amazed watching her!
     
  8. Laigaie

    Laigaie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Though there are many species of venomous snakes, there are no poisonous snakes. Venom is injected, while poison is ingested (eaten/drunk). Unless a snake manages to bite a bird before the snake is eaten, you're all good.
     
  9. thesteven

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    Laigie, do you own snakes, lol i keep them and thats the first thing, i though of when i read, this but many people argue or dont care, no offense to the OP, alot of people were raised saying poisoness and will die saying it.
     

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