Chickens and Snakes

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Hummingbird Hollow, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. Hummingbird Hollow

    Hummingbird Hollow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2011
    Colorado mountains
    I had just let my 10 week old pullets out for a little free ranging when one came running up with something hanging out of her beak. At first I thought it was a big earth worm but when I looked closer I realized that it was a tiny snake. She was beating it against the ground, probably trying to break it into bite-sized pieces. I was rather amazed because I've never seen snakes around here. Should I have taken it away from her? I kind of figured that chickens generally know what is edible and what isn't and left her to it.
  2. ChickenPeep

    ChickenPeep Faith & Feathers

    May 1, 2011
    Olathe, Kansas
    Yeah, im not sure, but i think they give up after a while. thats totally normal for chickens!
    Once my chickens found a toad. a little while later the toad was no more.
  3. lovinlife

    lovinlife Chillin' With My Peeps

    Good chicken! I wish they would take on a 4' rat snake... [​IMG]
  4. Frogdogtimestwo

    Frogdogtimestwo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 21, 2008
    Ours took care of a three footer two days ago [​IMG] and mice that's another story [​IMG]
  5. SunnyCalifornia

    SunnyCalifornia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 8, 2010
    Escondido CA
    My Delaware is an expert mouser and lizard catcher. I'm sure the flock would attack a snake. I try to spare and relocate the snakes.
  6. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    My broody has been finding 6 inch snakes for her 8 week chicks lately and they go crazy over them. Suck them down like spaghetti [​IMG]
  7. turbodog

    turbodog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2010
    Independence, La.
    Quote:LOL yeah, I've got some beautiful black racers here that I would hate to see my girls get ahold of.
  8. superchemicalgirl

    superchemicalgirl HEN PECKED

    Jan 10, 2010
    Vacationland, Maine

    Mine thought it was a novelty item. This chicken actually got bit by the snake. She limped for days. They do, however, love mice and toads.
  9. Hummingbird Hollow

    Hummingbird Hollow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2011
    Colorado mountains
    Thanks for the input folks. I was actually away from my computer for almost two days! WOW, that must be close to a record! I think the snake got eaten because I couldn't find any remains.

    Great photo superchemicalgirl!

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