Ducks and snakes???

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Back on the Farm, Mar 26, 2011.

  1. Back on the Farm

    Back on the Farm Songster

    Mar 9, 2011
    I have an old spring house on my farm which has been flooded for the past few years. It now looks like a small pond in my yard, filled with duck weed and algae. It would be a perfect place for my ducks to swim however, I have tons of garter snakes that live in the rocks around the old spring house foundation, no poisenous snakes.

    My question is - can the ducks and snakes live togther without the ducks getting hurt or is it not good for ducks to be around snakes?
    If it would be okay, I'll fix up the area for the ducks and build them a housing area. If not, I'll build a 'duck' proof fence around the area and get a kiddie swimming pool for the ducks.


  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    I think ducks will probably eat those snakes. when i was looking for worms for my muscovies, I turned over a large rock and there was a small copper head, my duck grab it and ate it before i could even move. i totally freaked out, called the vets office no one knew if she'd die but hey she did even flinch just kept on going. No telling how many snakes they eat that we don't know about. They will even run a big blk snake away.
  3. 2txmedics

    2txmedics Songster

    Jul 5, 2009
    Manvel Texas
    Yikes!!! I'd be scared!!!! I'd never go out, I have a MAJOR FEAR FEAR...
  4. Suzie

    Suzie Crowing

    Jul 9, 2009

    Only this afternoon I saw a snake swimming in our mill pond - I was afraid that the ducks/geese may be attacked but luckily nothing untoward happened... even Chaos ( our adopted cat - she adopted us ) was unconcerned... I would be happy to know that my ducks/geese can(or will) attack such a predator...
  5. TLWR

    TLWR Songster

    Jul 10, 2010
    southern AL
    My three ignored me holding a bowl of veggies for them to go investigate and then chase a black snake about an hour ago. Blue and Cadbury hung back, but followed, while Ally led the adventure and then walked quickly behind the snake as it finally decided hissing at them was doing no good at keeping them at bay. I do NOT want them catching snakes. If they want to make them leave, that's fine, but no catching them!!

    I'm petrified of snakes, so I couldn't let them loose in a pond surrounded by them, but I don't think those snakes will hurt the ducks, so they should technically be fine.
  6. Suzie

    Suzie Crowing

    Jul 9, 2009

    I have no choice on the pond - it is fed from the river here - we have a water mill and I have never witnessed snakes before today swimming here - I was terrified for the sake of the ducks and geese, they didn't seem to be bothered - they were too busy catching fish... we do have some poisonous snakes here and I would hate for any of my ducks/geese to be attacked - is it likely that a snake would attack?


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