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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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