Does anything repel snakes?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by jloftin60, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. jloftin60

    jloftin60 Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 24, 2008
    DeRidder, LA
    I put golf balls in the nest for snakes to carry off as a gift. In the last three
    days I have found 2 large chicken snakes. Will moth balls or sulphur
    keep snakes away?
  2. TexasVet

    TexasVet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2008
    Willis TX
    Moth balls are toxic, so I wouldn't use them or sulphur. Neither works anyway.

    I did some research on this topic the year I killed four 4-foot long snakes raiding my nest boxes. The best preventive found was "Snake Away." You can buy it at most feedstores for under $10. Keep in mind, however, that it doesn't work 100% of the time, or with all kinds of snakes.

    I've heard that running a hotwire along the botttom of your run, about 4 inches off the ground, will keep snakes away. Once they hit it, they don't come back. A second wire along the top will keep the coons out too.

    Kathy, Bellville TX
  3. babalubird

    babalubird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 21, 2008
    I think "Snake Away" is what my stable recommended for keeping snakes out of our tack rooms. I never used it however.

    Is this the same thing as "snake repellent"? Would it poison the poultry should they root around in it?


  4. dutchhollow

    dutchhollow Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2008
    SW IA
    I use moth balls, have never had it bother the chickens, they seem to leave them alone. I had a few snakes get in with the rabbits last year and eat some babies, talk about a horrifiing find for a 9 year old girl to walk up on. I put them under the shed.
    I might be wrong, but if you read the ingredients on snake away or the other repellents, they are the same thing that moth balls or crystals are made out of, I don't use the crystals more afraid the birds would eat them.
    Years ago I saw a video of crows in a garden picking up moth balls and rubbing them all over their feathers, they said they figured out they killed mites/lice, now how a crow could figure this out I have no idea, but they did pick them up and rub them all over their body, it was amazing.
  5. Sissy

    Sissy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2007
    Sevier county, Tn.
    I have used mothballs and my cats dont even bother
    with it, toss a few under the coop .I also used borax around
    the house and coop keeps away a lot the little critters.
  6. chixie

    chixie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2009
    kountze texas
    I use moth balls under my home used to have an old mobile home where snakes used to get in and never had a problem after using them... I know alot of people use moth balls ...
  7. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2008
    a HOE!!!!!!!!![​IMG]
  8. hippichick

    hippichick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2008
    Branch, La
    I use moth balls also. I lost 5 young chickens in a run a couple of months ago. I hadn't put moth balls out in awhile. I put out about 7 boxes of moth balls after that happened (around all of my coops and runs), and haven't had a problem since. Don't know if it's because of the moth balls, but I really don't know what else to use. I'd love to know if there's something else that works, that is cheaper and doesn't smell-I hate the smell of moth balls, and 7 boxes of them was like $40. And I think it's time to do it all over again. Most of them have disolved because of the rain.

    Paula [​IMG]
  9. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    I use a shovel [​IMG]
  10. Shared Acres

    Shared Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2008
    Northeast Fla
    I put mothballs around the OUTSIDE of the coop. Supposedly they don't like it.

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