Chicken Wire is case you didn't already know.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by parkersmom120106, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. parkersmom120106

    parkersmom120106 In the Brooder

    Dec 9, 2008
    Middleburg, FL
    So..went out to feed the chickens this morning at about 11ish. I have them in various locations based on age. Anyway..I have 19 (well HAD 19) about 3 week old mixed chicks in a 3x4 rabbit hutch. My brother built it and it's HEAVY and sturdy. The whole top opens as the door and it's up on legs. The top shuts securely, so I figured they'd be relatively safe in there. The big mistake was using chicken wire for the wire part. I walk around to the front and there was a freaking snake inside in the process of eating one of my chicks. OMG I freaked out, screamed and ran around front yelling to my Mom that there was a snake eating my chicken. I screamed so loud that a truck that was passing by stopped and sat for a second..I guess trying to make sure I was ok. I told my brother to get it out of there. He tried to scoop it up with a shovel, but the odd angle made that impossible so he just grabbed it by the tail and chucked it into the wooded lot next door. It was a pretty small snake. I'm not even sure that it could have ate the chick. It wasn't even in it's mouth tightly. The snake dropped it when my brother picked it up. I'm pretty sure it was a rat snake..from what I remember it was greyish with black stripes running from head to tail. Luckily I picked up a couple scraps of hardware cloth from a guy when I was getting some scrap lumber from him and my brother put it over the chicken wire, so they should be safe now. The other chicks were crammed on the other side of the cage terrified. Poor things. So yea...the moral of the story...chicken wire is useless..if you are currently constructing a coop don't even try to use it.
  2. nzpouter

    nzpouter Songster

    Jan 19, 2009
    new zealand
    well... not totally.. [​IMG] as the name suggested, it was made to hold chickens... not other species...
  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    It does sound like a rat snake. They can eat things much bigger than them because they can "unhinge" their jaw. We have a constant battle with them.

    This is a good time for the reminder that chicken wire is for keeping chickens in, it will not keep predators out.
  4. k7ailaan

    k7ailaan Chirping

    May 25, 2010
    I'm glad your chicks are ok

    thanks for sharing your story
  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Glen St Mary, Florida
    I'm glad the rest of your chicks are ok. I've already killed a couple of yellow rat snakes cutting across the middle of the yard toward my coop this year.
  6. parkersmom120106

    parkersmom120106 In the Brooder

    Dec 9, 2008
    Middleburg, FL
    Thanks for letting me vent. I keep losing chickens and I keep learning. I feel bad that the poor things have to deal with my trial and error. I have to find a cheap source of hardware cloth because I am going to be using A LOT of it lol. I have 2 A frame coops with my older chickens in them, that have chicken wire. I'm hoping that those chickens are too big for snakes to bother with. If that rat snake had managed to eat the chick he would never have been able to get back out of the cage. This snake was pretty small and that chick in his belly would have made him huge lol.
  7. vickibiro

    vickibiro In the Brooder

    May 30, 2010
    LaGrange, Kentucky
    happy you saved your chicks before they got eaten!

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