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Chickens eating snakes

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by tvtaber, Apr 17, 2008.

  1. tvtaber

    tvtaber Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2007
    Central CA
    I was wandering the yard yesterday and noticed my flock of 11 hens were chasing each other around; one had caught something tasty and the others wanted it. Turns out it was a 6 inch long snake, and was apparently a great prize. I saw another hen with one who sucked it right down (gross) and seemed to enjoy it immensely. They must have found a nest somewhere. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2008
  2. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    Good Girls
  3. M.J

    M.J Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2007
    what good hens thats my guys some times catch mice and eat them
  4. chikncrazyintx

    chikncrazyintx Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 17, 2008
    New Braunfels, TX
    My chickens love catching and eating those little snakes too! I worry a little about them digesting since they seem to suck it all down at once - like one long piece of spaghetti, but no problems so far.
  5. Morgaine

    Morgaine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 22, 2008
    ok, really weird question. What happens if the snake isn't dead when they slurp them down? Is that possible?
  6. KB3GZW

    KB3GZW Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 24, 2008
    Lehigh County, Pa
    I would think that it doesn't take to long to suffocate. Either way it tastes good to them.
  7. chcknrs

    chcknrs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 7, 2008
    Kelso, WA
    I sure hope my chickens like snakes! Can't wait to see it!
  8. Gersbud

    Gersbud Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2007
    Central Michigan
    I haven't seen my girls slurp down a snake but I have seen them come across a nest of mice babies and just went to town with their nice little treats
  9. RoostersCrow

    RoostersCrow Chillin' With My Peeps

    They will eat grab and eventually eat bullfrogs that jump out of the ducks kiddie pool too! Caused an heck of a ruckus in our run once.
  10. Peaceful Farm

    Peaceful Farm New Egg

    Mar 21, 2016
    Just making sure I understand correctly...
    It's okay that my Bard Rock ate a baby gardner Snake. At first I thought it was a large worm... nope it was a snake.

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