Didn't want to collect this egg!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Sjisty, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

    May 18, 2009
    Did you ever reach into a half-darkened box for an egg and get a big surprise?


    Now I know where my eggs have been going. I hope he's earning his keep by eating rats and mice, too!
  2. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    Puuuurrrrty.... [​IMG] What is he? Corn snake? Milk snake? Something we don't have up here in Maine?
  3. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

    May 18, 2009
    I think he is a rat snake, although I'm not sure.
  4. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2009
    Middleton, WI
    Someone has been eating well.....
  5. cluckincrazy

    cluckincrazy Out Of The Brooder

    May 2, 2009
    Lakeland, FL
    We have a rat snake but I have yet to find him in the nest box. I am 98% sure there is a black racer nest under the "duck house". I have to crawl on my hands an knees to get the duck eggs and will be correcting that situation VERY soon.
  6. Picky Chicky

    Picky Chicky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 22, 2008
    Holly Grove, VA
    ((Screams and shrieks like the wussy girl I am))

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    Get it away get it away!!

    Can you guys tell I have a huge paranoia of slithering snakes? I have only recently embraced my inner-chicken of big hairy yucky spiders that like to hang around my door. [​IMG]
  7. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2008
    Portage County, Ohio
    WOW! [​IMG] Yeah, they're good for keeping rats and mice under control, but I'd rather have a couple cats!!! ... still, fewer vet bills I suppose. I definately wouldn't hurt it, but it's not good if you're going to let your hens hatch chicks!
  8. mikesbigroo

    mikesbigroo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2009
    i believe i would box him up and move him, don't kill it, there nice to have around the farm but not in the hen house
  9. TennesseeTruly

    TennesseeTruly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2009
    Church Hill, TN
    You would have heard me all the way to your house if I had reached into the nest box and had felt THAT! LOL I have yet to see a snake on my property but I know they're out there.

    It's a pretty snake though but you can keep it at your house. [​IMG]

  10. melissa508

    melissa508 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2009
    I wouldnt mind that TOO MUCH if...It wasnt eating a bunch of eggs & as long as its non-poisonous. In South Carolina we had several venomous snakes & it became a real problem..nobody wanted to collect eggs & we had to put the broodys in a tote & bring them in the house. Nothing worse than finding that..but having it be a copperhead or rattlesnake.
    We had this 1 pen, the biggest ..we called it the "snake pit"....almost everyday we found some type of venomous snake. At first me & DH would carefully catch & relocate many miles down the road..well that didnt last long after i stepped on a cottonmouth & my neibors dog was bit in the eye by a rattler...6 vials of anti-venom at $500 a pop & a glass eye later we decided it was too dangerous to catch them..so they were all shot on site. We werent willing to risk out life just to save the snakes..no way

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